James Middleton (British businessman)
James William Middleton (born 15 April 1987) 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. His motivation to speak out was his sister’s charity Heads Together. Middleton has spoken about his love of dogs. James and his dog Ella volunteer with the Pets As Therapy charity.
James William Middleton
15 April 1987
Reading, Berkshire, England
Middleton was born on 15 April 1987 at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, the youngest child and only son of Michael Middleton (born 1949)  and Carole Goldsmith (born 1955). 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". Carole Middleton's mother's family were labourers and miners from County Durham. His elder sisters are Catherine (born 1982) and Pippa (born 1983).
Middleton said that he is dyslexic and is raising awareness about the condition. In January 2019, Middleton revealed his struggles with depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 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.
On 6 October 2019, he confirmed his engagement to French financial analyst, Alizee Thevenet. 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.
Middleton's cake-making business, which is defunct, was inspired by reading that a mother's baking is a highly evocative childhood memory. 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". He started baking in the family kitchen and expanded into a freight container and converted barns. Themed birthday cake baking kits were distributed by his parents' company, Party Pieces.
Themed cakes were baked for companies such as Jigsaw, 3 and Ralph Lauren. 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. The business won Smarta 100 and Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur awards. In April 2011 he registered three businesses: Nice Cakes, Nice Wine and Nice Group London and planned to expand the Cake Kit Company.
Glen Affric EstateEdit
Middleton hosted the "odd weekend" 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.
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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.'