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Duchess Kate's brother shares “first family photo” in beautiful post

Duchess Kate's brother shares “first family photo” in beautiful post

James Middleton has thanked the public for the endless support they've shown towards him since he opened up about his sad mental health struggles. 

In a heartfelt Instagram post, the brother of the Duchess of Cambridge said he was “truly touched” by the “incredible support” he’s received since candidly calling his depression an intense “cancer of mind” in January. 

“Today I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for the incredible support shown towards my speaking publicly about my illness. Depression,” Middleton, 32, wrote. 

He is also diagnosed with dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). 

In the sweet post featuring his 30-year-old financial analyst fiance, Alizee Thevent, and his beloved dogs, he added: “It would be a full time job to reply to each person, but know I’m truly touched by the messages & those that have shared their stories and journeys with me.”

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A post shared by James Middleton (@jmidy) on Nov 7, 2019 at 5:39am PST

Since opening up about his struggle with depression and admitting he contemplated suicide before following in his big sisters, Duchess Kate’s mental health lead, he revealed he has made an unusual hobby out of beekeeping so his mind has “a chance to escape.”

“I’m fascinated by the little creatures,” he wrote in August. 

“From their waggle dance to the queen laying her own body weight in eggs a day… there‘s a lot to be said about these humble little creatures.”

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A post shared by James Middleton (@jmidy) on Aug 23, 2019 at 6:39am PDT

“Not that long ago I had forgotten what it was like to laugh with genuine happiness- today I don’t have to pretend to smile,” Middleton wrote while posing alongside his beaming fiance. 

“I am not cured from depression – I don’t think there is one,” he added. 

“However, I have learnt the tools to keep control, every day I look after my mental health as much as I do my physical health. 

“And remember as one wise person once said, ‘Life is about the journey, not the destination.’”