Depression is something that is all too real and that many people deal with every day of their lives – including people who are close to the royal family. Just like physical illness, depression can be painful, and there are certain triggers that can make it worse.
Often, we don’t take into consideration how difficult things can be for those who are closely connected to the royal family, but who are not royals themselves. Everyone from Carole and Michael Middleton to Doria Ragland and everyone in between suddenly, at one point in their lives, found themselves living in the royal shadow whether they wanted to or not.
Just like their family members who married into the royal family, photographers and the public are very interested in the lives of these relatives, and they find themselves under immense pressure on a daily basis.
Recently, the brother of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, opened up about his struggles with depression. So, is he the only one, or are any other royal relatives depressed?
Living in the shadow of a royal
James Middleton’s family became somewhat famous when his older sister married Prince William. After the 2011 royal wedding, the family went from being commoners living a quiet life in the village of Bucklebury, England, to being the family of the future queen consort, and just like Kate, they couldn’t go anywhere without being followed. This certainly can’t be easy, especially when you are used to having privacy.
According to Yahoo! Entertainment, James feels immense pressure because he is suddenly being judged on whether he is a “success or a failure.” Kate’s brother feels that he lives his life “separately” from his sister and Prince William, and finds it “odd” that people compare him to the royal couple.
Does anyone else live in their royal relative’s shadow?
The younger brother of Kate isn’t the only one who has piqued the interest of millions of royal fans. Pippa Middleton famously stole the show at Kate and William‘s wedding a little over 8 years ago, when she got out of the car at Westminster Abbey wearing a very flattering bridesmaid’s dress that made headlines.
Since then, everyone had been very focused on Pippa’s life, and she even opened up in an interview, speaking about how hard it was being “thrust in the spotlight” and having to deal with constant unwanted attention.
Why is James Middleton feeling pressure?
So, why is it that James is feeling the pressure of living in his sister’s shadow? As revealed in the UK’s Mirror, he felt “surprise” at how he was judged simply because he is a close “relative of the Duchess of Cambridge.”
James feels that there may be “interest in him because of them” which many people can likely agree is not really fair. The handsome entrepreneur has had his share of failures but is finding it difficult to be living his life in front of the world.
Are any other royal relatives depressed?
Since James has opened up about his struggles with depression, we can’t help but wonder if any other royal relatives are depressed as well. Fox News reports that the late Princess Diana suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to her first son, Prince William.
She told journalist Andrew Morton that she was “troubled” after becoming a mother, and how difficult it was for her to deal with. Some fans may even speculate that members of the Markle family are struggling with depression since they haven’t exactly been in the spotlight for positive reasons.
The royal family is very supportive of those who suffer from depression in their lives, and we wish James all the best.