James Middleton, the brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, reveals to her brother-in-law Spencer Matthews’ ten-day Christmas getaway with Sister Pippa and his family
- The brother of the Duchess of Cambridge spoke of a Christmas trip that changed her attitude
- James, 33, joined Pippa and his brother-in-law James Matthews in December 2017
- Parents and James’ brother Made In Chelsea star Spencer were also on vacation
- The group went to Matthew’s family home at the Highland Lodge in Glen Affric
- He “wasn’t looking forward to going” but felt “nowhere else to go”.
- The entrepreneur found the trip marked a turning point in recovery from depression
James Middleton unveiled a ten-day Christmas trip to Scotland with his family for Sister Pippa’s brother-in-law Spencer Matthews. The Scottish home was a turning point in his battle with depression.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s 33-year-old brother has long been open about his mental health problems, saying last year he had suicidal thoughts before undergoing a year of therapy.
He now has a trip with his parents Carole and Michael and his sister Pippa to the home of their husband’s family with James Matthews, his parents Jane and David and his brother Spencer and his wife Vogue revealed James Middleton. ‘
In The Telegraph, about the December 2017 trip, a month after being diagnosed with depression and starting therapy, he wrote: “On Christmas Day, Spencer and I wore kilts and took a three-hour walk on the Affric Trail the loch … me hasn’t been in the mood for a while, but that was a turning point for me. ‘
James Middleton (pictured right) showed how a ten-day break in Scotland with his sister Pippa and parents at their husband James Matthews’ family home marked a turning point in his battle against depression
James said he wasn’t looking forward to going, had nowhere else to go.
In the meantime, his therapist encouraged him to go on the family trip and said it would be good for him.
James went on to say how he did odd jobs to keep himself busy and keep him from staying in one place too long.
The entrepreneur also brought his five dogs – golden retriever Mabel and four black spaniels named Ella, Zulu, Inka, and Luna – whom he has often credited with helping him in his struggles.
James wrote in the Sunday Telegraph how his dogs kept distracting and giving him away. He even said he went paddling on a hole with his spaniel Ella
He also said that his dogs helped him because they were a constant distraction. His spaniel Ella put her head in his lap and nudged his hand, so remind him to pay her some attention.
The entrepreneur remembered long walks around the lake with family members, including Made In Chelsea star Spencer.
James and Spencer are said to have been a close friend since Spencer’s brother James married Pippa in May 2017.
The two men spent part of the day eating mince pies and drinking a little coffee with whiskey.
James revealed walking around the lake near the family home with the star of Made In Chelsea, Spencer Matthews, drinking whiskey together
James also said that he accepted a morning ritual where he jumped into the freezing lake to feel alive.
“After a restless night, every single piece of my body woke up,” he said.
Another activity James took up was paddling with his spaniel Ella, which he described as looking in a mirror as he looked at the surface of the water.
Eventually, James said he found that the smile he wore on his face was becoming “less forced” and was starting to become real.
James has long been open to his mental health issues and often credits his dogs for helping him with his recovery
This is far from the first time James catches up on his struggles with his sanity.
In May, James revealed how his dogs were his “medicine” in his battle for mental health when he talked about how his pets have helped him with his therapy.
James also spoke about his depression in an interview with The Mail when he said his depression was like “a cancer of the mind”.
He said he suffered in silence as his mental health deteriorated and described feeling like he was a “complete failure” as his depression turned.
James delved into recovery and underwent almost a year of cognitive behavioral therapy that included a few sessions with his family.