Kate Middleton’s brother James has spoken about his battle with depression and how his sister attended a therapy session with him Kate Middleton’s brother has revealed he contemplated suicide after opening up about his battle with depression.
James Middleton, 32, said his supportive sister The Duchess of Cambridge and other family members joined him during therapy sessions. He revealed how he had been ‘re-born’ after a year of therapy, having being diagnosed with depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyslexia.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Mr Middleton said during his darkest periods he had ‘suicidal thoughts’ but would have never harmed himself. Mr Middleton revealed how difficult it was initially to reveal his troubles with his royal sister and family. He told the Telegraph: ‘The fact is, no matter what experience someone has, your family members are the hardest people [to talk to].
The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother James has faced a battle with depression and undergone therapy for a year ‘You also have a very different way of interacting with your family than you do with your friends. And actually, I behave like Kevin from Kevin & Perry.’ He added: ‘I have learnt since having been exposed a bit more to this (mental health) conversation is that suicide is often the word you feel you can’t go anywhere near, but to think about it is quite common, and talking about that should not be a taboo.’
Speaking about his depression, Mr Middleton said he ‘couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t read a book, I couldn’t watch a film, I couldn’t eat’. At his lowest points he said he would find solace in listening to Stephen Fry’s narration of Harry Potter audiobooks. The actor and writer has long been open about his own struggles with bipolar disorder and has been prolific in raising awareness around mental health. Along with Mr Fry’s narration and therapy, Mr Middleton said the bond with his emotional support dog Ella, a cocker spaniel, has made a huge impact.
Mr Middleton recently announced his proposal to his French financial worker girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet, 29, after dating for around 15 months.
Kate Middleton and husband Prince William are spearheading a mental health campaign. The royal’s brother also described living with dyslexia and ADD as feeling ‘like a square peg trying to fit into society’s round hole’. He now works as an ambassador for the charity Pets As Therapy to raise awareness about the healing effects pets can have on their owners’ mental health.
Mr Middleton’s sister and her husband Prince William spearhead the Heads Together campaign with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to end stigma around mental health.