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James Middleton reflects on 'unbearable' sadness as he makes exciting announcement

The Princess of Wales' brother became a father for the first time last year with his wife Alizée Thevenet

James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet on their wedding day
Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
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James Middleton started the new year reflecting on the last, giving an intimate insight into  his family's "unbearable" lows and his exciting new prospects for 2024 with his wife Alizée Thevenet and their newborn son, Inigo

The Princess of Wales' younger brother, 34, who became a father for the first time this year, opened up to his 259k Instagram followers in a candid and reflective post shared with a photo of himself, his son, Alizeé and four of their beloved dogs. 

"The year started with the unbearable sadness of losing Ella," penned James, speaking of his late cocker spaniel. "Despite knowing her time was coming, it has taken me a while to come to terms with her no longer being by my side. I know many of you who have also lost a dog, will understand the grief that follows you."

James refelcted on a whirwilnd 2023 with his wife Alizée and newborn son, Inigo© Instagram
James refelcted on a whirwilnd 2023 with his wife Alizée and newborn son, Inigo

James and Alizée still have six dogs as part of their ever growing family; Zulu, Mabel, Inka, Luna, Nala & Isla. 

James continued: "Later in the year, my wife Alizée and I had the absolute delight of welcoming our first child Inigo into the world. Inigo has already found his place amongst the pack, giggling every time one of the dogs comes over to nestle up beside us."

James and Alizée's son was born in October© Instagram
James and Alizée's son was born in October

A month later I launched a new James & Ella range into Waitrose - and one of the last photos taken of me and Ella now appears on the shelves across stores nationwide. It was a very proud moment taking Inigo to our local store to see the product on the shelves for the first time," said James. 

Revealing an exciting potential career change on the cards for the new year, James teased an exciting prospect. "I’m so grateful to all of you for your support this year," he thanked his fans. 

James and Alizee welcomed a son in October this year© Instagram
James and Alizee welcomed a son in October this year

"I share many of my journeys - ups and downs - with you. As it’s been such a reflective year I have been putting pen to paper which has been the most wonderful experience… so maybe a [book] next year???" he asked. 

James Middleton and his wife Alizee
James posed the question of writing a book in 2023

James wouldn't be the first in the Middleton family to publish a book should he wish to explore that avenue in the new year. Pippa, Princess Kate's younger sister, published two books between 2012 - 2016. 

Alizee Thevenet in pink dress and James Middleton in tuxedo© Dave Benett
James and Alizée recently became parents for the first time

One, titled 'Celebrate' was a guide of how to host the ultimate celebrations, from party planning to personal tips, recipe ideas and ingenious décor hacks, while her second book 'Heartfelt' was a recipe book of 100 heart-loving dishes published in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation. 

Alizee Thevent in a red jumper as she rests her hand on James Middleton's chest and shows off engagement ring© Instagram
The couple got engaged in the Lake District

Closing his heartfelt post, James concluded: "I’m going into 2024 and promise to continue to focus on my mission... To make all dogs' lives as happy and healthy as they have made mine."

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