Ready your Instagram, royals enthusiasts — there’s a new royal (well, royals-adjacent person) to add to your feed.
James Middleton, the 31-year-old younger brother of Kate and Pippa, just made his Instagram public. This allows the casual Instagram user who may not know anyone in the Middleton family personally (so, you know, most of us) to peruse his Instagram, all the way back to his first post in 2013. Doing so, one can find out some important things about Middleton, such as which celebrity he most resembles (Jude Law, with more of a “young Dumbledore” vibe than a Young Pope one, though arguments could be made for both components of Law’s canon) and what the youngest Middleton does for a living (run a personalized marshmallow and greeting card company called Boomf).
It is also possible to use Middleton’s Instagram to see him doing a number of highly endearing activities, most of which include animals. His most recent post, on December 31, is a tribute to one of his dogs, Ella, who recently became a therapy pet. (On Friday, he penned an op-ed in The Daily Mail about his struggle with depression.)
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Proud of Ella becoming a PAT dog this year. Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attention away from a stressful situation and toward one that provides pleasure. Advocates of animal-assisted therapy say that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilise their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialisation skills. I am a huge believer in this & Ella has done so much for me and we look forward to sharing the love, Timmy tickles and many visits in 2019 @petsastherapy_uk
In another, he poses with five cocker spaniels in a flat-brim cap in front of a landscape that could conceivably be used as the backdrop for the next Wuthering Heights movie.
While it is surely tempting to use his newly-public Instagram as an excuse for a DM slide, it may be helpful to know that Middleton is not single. According to People, he is dating Alizee Thevenet, a French financial analyst who lives in London.
But, hey — can’t hurt to scroll through his feed a few times anyway, right? You know, for the dog pics.