James Middleton Brings His Therapy Dog as His Date to GQ Awards
The businessman, 32 — who is the younger brother ofDuchess Kate — walked the red carpet with his English cocker spaniel, who wore a black and tartan Pets As TherapyOpens a New Window. jacket in honor of the U.K. charity of the same name. Middleton matched with his pup with a burgundy velvet jacket and a black bow tie.
“I think I should win the award for the best date for the GQ men of the year awards ,” the entrepreneur captioned a series of photos of him and Ella on the red carpet on hisInstagramOpens a New Window. on Wednesday, September 4.
“Ella, particularly, has been my constant companion for ten years and she’s been with me to all my therapy sessions,” he wrote. “In her own particular way, she has kept me going. As a result, Ella and I now volunteer with the Pets As Therapy charity, and Ella is a fully-fledged therapy dog for PAT.”
The Berkshire, England, native also praised his royal sister, her husband,Prince William, and her brother-in-lawPrince Harry for encouraging him to speak out about his depression, which he’s experienced since late 2016. He was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in 2017.
“I feel compelled to talk about it openly because this is precisely what my brother-in-law Prince William, my sister Catherine and Prince Harry are advocating through theirmental health charity Heads Together,” he wrote. “They believe we can only tackle the stigma associated with mental illness if we have the courage to change the national conversation, to expel its negative associations. So it wouldn’t be honest to suppress my story. I want to speak out, and they are my motivation for doing so.”