Why Don’t We Hear More From Kate Middleton’s Brother?

Kate Middleton is one of the most famous women in the world. Even before she married Prince William in 2011, people were already fascinated with her, though when she finally became a royal, her family also was thrust into the spotlight as well.

These days we still get quite a lot of news about Kate’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, as she is married to James Matthews, a former racing driver and the brother of famous reality TV personality Spencer Matthews.

However, Kate’s other sibling is often missing from the conversation. So who exactly is Kate’s brother and why do we not hear more from him? Read on below to find out.

Who is Kate Middleton’s brother?

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Kate’s brother is James Middleton, who was born on April 15, 1987. He is the youngest of his family, being five years younger than Kate and four years younger than Pippa.

Many people were first introduced to James at Kate and William’s famous royal wedding in 2011. While Pippa quickly made headlines for her beautiful dress and stunning figure as the maid of honor, James caught people’s attention as well when he read a lesson from the Bible in the church.

James has shared that, growing up, he was always known as “Pippa and Catherine’s little brother.” Due to his older sisters being studious, athletic, and popular, he was often living in their shadows.

“It’s probably going to be the story of my life,” he said. “[But] I am James Middleton. I am very proud to be ‘the little brother of…’ but, equally, they are proud that I am who I am.”

James Middleton is a businessman

Something that sets James apart from his two sisters is the fact that he is extremely business-minded. He began attending the University of Edinburgh in 2006 but quickly dropped out a year later due to lack of interest.

“Within a few weeks I knew it wasn’t where I wanted to be,” he once said. “I was always looking for business ideas.”

After he gained notoriety from the royal wedding, James began making news for his business ventures. He had a company at the time called Cake Kit Company, which he established in 2007. Cake Kit Company specializes in sending baking kits to people’s homes containing all the necessary ingredients to help them make various themed cakes.

Later, he also set up two other businesses called Nice Cakes and Nice Wine, both of which were housed under the parent company, Nice Group.

However, Cake Kit Company, Nice Cakes, and Nice Wine all began losing money and had to be shut down in 2015. Currently, he owns a company called Boomf, which specializes in delivering fun gifts, such as exploding confetti cards and personalized marshmallows.

James Middleton is a rather private person

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Despite his family getting a lot of fame upon Kate’s marriage, James does not bash in all the attention to become a tabloid fixture. Aside from appearing here and there to promote his businesses, he actually keeps much of his private life on the down low. He has a public Instagram page, but it is not updated all that often.

However, he occasionally makes news for his dating life. For a long time, he was known for dating singer and actress Donna Air. The two split up in late 2017 after several years together.

In 2019, James Middleton began being seen with French financial expert Alizee Thevenet. They became Instagram official in May.

James Middleton has also opened up about battling dyslexia, depression, and ADD.

“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 their mental health charity Heads Together,” he shared before revealing that he hoped his story would help others who are going through similar struggles.