James Middleton (British businessman)
James William Middleton
15 April 1987
Reading, Berkshire, England
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 private battle with depression. His motivation to speak out was thanks to his sister’s charity Heads Together. Middleton has spoken about his love of dogs, Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel. James's dog, Ella, is the mother of Lupo, the dog of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Lupo was gifted as a wedding present. James and Ella now volunteer with the Pets As Therapy charity
Middleton was born on 15 April 1987 at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, the youngest child and only son of Michael Middleton (born 1949), formerly a British Airways flight dispatcher, and Carole Goldsmith (born 1955), formerly flight attendant. His father came from a line of solicitors who resided in Leeds, in West Yorkshire, and one of James' 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).
He has said that he is dyslexic and is speaking out to raise awareness about the condition. In January 2019, Middleton revealed his struggles with depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Middleton's cake-making business, which is now defunct, was inspired by reading that a mother's baking is a highly evocative childhood memory. He said that he wanted to supply 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 using the family kitchen and expanded into a freight container and converted barns. Birthday cake baking kits were created with themes and distributed through his parents' company, Party Pieces.
Themed cakes were baked for companies such as Jigsaw, 3 and Ralph Lauren. Middleton was said to have caused "shudders" at Buckingham Palace after taking part in a Hello magazine photoshoot for which he was commissioned to bake 21 different cakes commemorating its 21st birthday, each iced with one of the magazine's memorable 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.
James Middleton's company Boomf made a loss of £3 million between 2015-2018.
Glen Affric Estate
Middleton was reported in June 2019 as hosting the "odd weekend" at the 10,000 acre Glen Affric Estate. Middleton hosts deer stalking parties at the estate which is owned by Laird David Matthews, his sister Pippa's father-in-law. The family-owned estate is managed in collaboration with the Oetker Collection.
Royal connections and ancestry
Through his father's Lupton lineage, Middleton is descended from Sir Thomas Fairfax (d. 1520), whose wife, Agnes Gascoigne, was a descendant of King Edward III. On his mother's side, he is descended from Sir Thomas Conyers, 9th Baronet (1731–1810), a descendant of King Edward IV.
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I was a host and I still do host the odd weekend, because I like being there (Glen Affric Estate) ," he explained.
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Got that? James Middleton will be your host.
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His (Middleton's) 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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