James Middleton credits his dogs for playing a 'vital role' in his recovery from clinical depression - as he announces new role in Crufts charity competition

  • James Middleton has credited his dogs for helping him recover from depression
  • The 32-year-old brother to the Duchess of Cambridge shared video to Instagram
  • Said would be taking part in a 2020 Crufts project with charity The Kennel Club
  • Said he would be reading stories of entrants for unsung dog hero competition  

James Middleton has credited his dogs for playing a 'vital role' in his recovery from clinical depression.

The 32-year-old brother to the Duchess of Cambridge, who has been frank about his struggles with mental health in an effort to raise awareness around the topic, also revealed his new role in a 2020 Crufts project.

The entrepreneur announced that he would be reading out the stories of the 'unsung dog hero' entrants of a new competition by dog welfare charity The Kennel Club, before meeting the finalists at the 'Friends For Life' competition next year.

The avid dog lover, who works as a host at Scottish hotel Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, has nine dogs - Golden Retriever Mabel, a black Labrador, two Cocker Spaniels, and five black Spaniels called Rafa, Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna.

James Middleton has credited his dogs for playing a 'vital role' in his recovery from clinical depression in a new video filmed with animal charity The Kennel Club and shared to his Instagram account

James Middleton has credited his dogs for playing a 'vital role' in his recovery from clinical depression in a new video filmed with animal charity The Kennel Club and shared to his Instagram account

Speaking directly to the camera, he said in the post shared with his 142,00 followers on Instagram : 'My own dogs played a vital role in my recovery from clinical depression'

Speaking directly to the camera, he said in the post shared with his 142,00 followers on Instagram : 'My own dogs played a vital role in my recovery from clinical depression'

In a video filmed in an unknown location, James can be seen sitting on a checked couch with two of his dogs, clad in jeans and a smart navy shirt.

Speaking directly to the camera, he said in the post shared with his 142,00 followers on Instagram: 'My own dogs played a vital role in my recovery from clinical depression. 

'In light of this I want to celebrate the important role dogs play in our lives and the unconditional love and support they give us'.

Urging the owners of dogs who have played a vital role in public services and beyond, he wrote: 'If you know of an unsung dog hero, PLEASE nominate them for the 2020 competition at www.crufts.org.uk/ffl - I will be honoured to read all the stories & meet the finalists at Crufts 2020'.

A variety of dogs with their owners can be seen in the touching video. 

The entrepreneur, seen with his dogs, announced that he would be reading out the stories of the 'unsung dog hero' entrants of a new competition by dog welfare charity The Kennel Club, before meeting the finalists at 'Friends For Life' competition next year

The entrepreneur, seen with his dogs, announced that he would be reading out the stories of the 'unsung dog hero' entrants of a new competition by dog welfare charity The Kennel Club, before meeting the finalists at 'Friends For Life' competition next year

James' Instagram account reveals he is an avid wildlife lover with a love of outdoor spots, who enjoys frequent hikes with his army of dogs. 

In August appeared at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this week to donate his £2,299 Babboe Cargobike, which has a box large enough for his dogs, after he promised to make the donation if it was returned, when it was stolen in June. 

Last year it emerged the youngest Middleton is working as a host at Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, owned by David Matthews, father of Pippa's hedge fund manager husband, James. 

In a video filmed in an unknown location, James can be seen sitting on a checked couch with two of his dogs, clad in jeans and a smart navy shirt

In a video filmed in an unknown location, James can be seen sitting on a checked couch with two of his dogs, clad in jeans and a smart navy shirt

A variety of dogs with their owners can be seen in the touching video

A variety of dogs with their owners can be seen in the touching video

Last year it emerged the youngest Middleton is working as a host at Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, owned by David Matthews, father of Pippa's hedge fund manager husband, James

Last year it emerged the youngest Middleton is working as a host at Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, owned by David Matthews, father of Pippa's hedge fund manager husband, James

Affric Lodge comes with ample opportunities for outdoor activities, along with personal gamekeepers, world-class cuisine from personal French chefs and a butler.

In June James also shared his first picture alongside French financial expert Alizee Thevenet, 29, who he started dating last summer.

The pair were pictured holidaying in St Barts with Pippa Middleton, her husband James Matthews, brother-in-law Spencer Matthews, and his wife Vogue Williams at the beginning of the year.

In June James also shared his first picture alongside French financial expert Alizee Thevenet, 29, who he started dating last summer

In June James also shared his first picture alongside French financial expert Alizee Thevenet, 29, who he started dating last summer

In August appeared at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this week to donate his £2,299 Babboe Cargobike, which has a box large enough for his dogs, after he promised to make the donation if it was returned, when it was stolen in June

 In August appeared at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this week to donate his £2,299 Babboe Cargobike, which has a box large enough for his dogs, after he promised to make the donation if it was returned, when it was stolen in June

James, who works as a host at Scottish hotel Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, has nine dogs - Golden Retriever Mabel, a black Labrador, two Cocker Spaniels, and five black Spaniels called Rafa, Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna

James, who works as a host at Scottish hotel Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, has nine dogs - Golden Retriever Mabel, a black Labrador, two Cocker Spaniels, and five black Spaniels called Rafa, Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna

 

James Middleton says his dogs played a 'vital role' in his recovery from clinical depression

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