Kate Middleton’s brother James, who has been forthcoming about his battle with depression, says his pet dogs have saved his life.
The businessman, 32, has nine dogs — a golden retriever, two cocker spaniels, a black Labrador and five black spaniels.
“Dogs mean a huge amount to me,” James said on the British TV show “Lorraine.” “I think without my dogs, I wouldn’t have the confidence to be sat here speaking now. So I could go as far as saying dogs have saved my life.
“They’re incredible companions, that go further than sometimes humans can, in way of rehabilitation.”
The younger brother of the Duchess of Cambridge is also dyslexic, and was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder in 2018. He says depression first hit at the end of 2016.
“I couldn’t feel joy, excitement or anticipation — only heart-thudding anxiety propelled me out of bed in the morning. I didn’t actually contemplate suicide — but I didn’t want to live in the state of mind I was in either,” Middleton wrote in the Daily Mail last year. “I also felt misunderstood; a complete failure. I wouldn’t wish the sense of worthlessness and desperation, the isolation and loneliness on my worst enemy. I felt as if I was going crazy.”
Middleton recently got engaged to French financial analyst Alizee Thevenet. The two reportedly met when Thevenet went to pat Middleton’s cocker spaniel Ella at the South Kensington Club. Afterward, he sent along a note with a waiter asking her out for a drink.
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