James Middleton (British businessman)

James William Middleton (born 15 April 1987)[1] is an English entrepreneur and member of the Middleton family and the younger brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. In 2013 he founded personalised greeting card company Boomf. In January 2019 Middleton revealed his battle with depression.[2] His motivation to speak out was his sister’s charity Heads Together. Middleton has spoken about his love of dogs.[3] James and his dog Ella volunteer with the Pets As Therapy charity.[4]

James Middleton
James William Middleton

(1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 32)

Personal lifeEdit

Middleton was born on 15 April 1987 at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading,[1] the youngest child and only son of Michael Middleton (born 1949) [5] and Carole Goldsmith (born 1955).[6][7][8] His father came from a line of solicitors who resided in Leeds, in West Yorkshire, and one of his great-grandmothers, Olive Middleton, was a member of the Lupton family who are described by the City of Leeds archives as "landed gentry; a business and political dynasty".[9][10] Carole Middleton's mother's family were labourers and miners from County Durham.[8][11][12][13] His elder sisters are Catherine (born 1982) and Pippa (born 1983).

Middleton was educated at St Andrew's School, Pangbourne, and Marlborough College. He attended the University of Edinburgh for a year in 2006 before dropping out.[14][15]

Middleton said that he is dyslexic and is raising awareness about the condition.[16] In January 2019, Middleton revealed his struggles with depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.[17] He read the lesson, Epistle to the Romans chapter 12, verses 1–2 and 9–18, from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible at the wedding of his sister Catherine to Prince William.[18]

On 6 October 2019, he confirmed his engagement to French financial analyst, Alizee Thevenet.[19] The two had plans to wed in the summer of 2020 but announced their intentions to postpone the event due to the 2019-20 outbreak of COVID-19.[20]


Middleton's cake-making business, which is defunct, was inspired by reading that a mother's baking is a highly evocative childhood memory.[14] He supplied baking kits so home bakers would be able to get all the ingredients in one place for adventurous creations such as "football cakes".[14] He started baking in the family kitchen and expanded into a freight container and converted barns.[14] Themed birthday cake baking kits were distributed by his parents' company, Party Pieces.[14][21]

Themed cakes were baked for companies such as Jigsaw, 3 and Ralph Lauren.[14] Middleton caused "shudders" at Buckingham Palace after taking part in a Hello magazine photoshoot for which he was commissioned to bake 21 cakes commemorating its 21st birthday, each iced with one of the magazine's front covers – amongst them, several members of the Royal family, including Diana, Princess of Wales.[22] The business won Smarta 100 and Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur awards.[23] In April 2011 he registered three businesses: Nice Cakes, Nice Wine and Nice Group London and planned to expand the Cake Kit Company.[14][22]

Middleton's company Boomf made a loss of £3 million between 2015–2018.[24] James Matthews paid Middleton €110,000 for 12,800 Boomf shares.[25]

Glen Affric EstateEdit

Middleton hosts deer stalking parties at Glen Affric Estate, owned by the family of his sister Pippa

Middleton hosted the "odd weekend"[26] at the 10,000 acre Glen Affric Estate. He hosts deer stalking parties at the estate which is owned by David Matthews. The estate is managed in collaboration with the Oetker Collection.[27][28]


Coat of arms of James Middleton
The Arms of James William Middleton are the Arms of his father differenced by a gold label. In heraldry, the label is the mark of the first son.
A Rock Argent, thereon a Wolf sejant Azure, gorged with a Collar of Roses Argent, barbed and seeded proper, supporting in the dexter forepaw a Caduceus Or, serpent Gules, labeled Or.
Per pale Azure and Gules, a chevron Or, cotised Argent, between three acorns slipped and leaved Or, labeled Or


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  20. ^ Greco, Alanna Lauren (21 March 2020). "Kate Middleton's Brother James Is Delaying His Wedding to Alizee Thevenet Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  21. ^ Jessica Fellowes (1 October 2008), "The 'posh-preneurs' who mean business", Daily Telegraph
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  23. ^ "Family Value: Why Britain can't get too much of brand Middleton". The Independent. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Kate Middleton's brother is working as a tour guide in Scottish hotel after company woes". 30 September 2018.
  25. ^ "James Middleton's marshmallow firm has just recorded massive losses".
  26. ^ Money-Coutts, S. (21 June 2019). "Wild swimming, hiking and hearty breakfasts: on holiday with James Middleton at a luxury Highlands lodge". UK Daily Telegraph. Got that? James Middleton will be your host.
  27. ^ O'Ceallaigh, J. (21 September 2018). "An old dog house and shooting with a Middleton". Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  28. ^ Vaughan, H. (October 2018). "James Middleton gets hotel job after business losses". The Times. The Times (UK) – 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018. His brother-in-law, James Matthews, heir to the Laird of Glen Affric title, has spoken highly of Mr Middleton, adding: 'He's a much better host than I am.'

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