James Middleton says ‘it does get frustrating’ having Kate, Duchess of …


  • James Middleton, 27, says being a royal in-law ‘does get frustrating’
  • Says he works ‘incredibly hard’ and is ‘at the end of the day, just James’
  • Mr Middleton is currently in Mustique with Kate, William and George
  • Also revealed he would like Leonardo DiCaprio to play him in a film 

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He is invited to royal events, spent Christmas Eve playing football with Prince Harry and is the uncle of the future King.

But James Middleton, 27, says being related to a royal ‘does get frustrating’ because his own work and businesses are so often overshadowed.

Mr Middleton has nevertheless had several of those, with his current company, Boomf, selling a box of nine high-end marshmallows for £15 a pop.

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Frustrating: James Middleton, pictured with his business partner, says being a royal in-law can be frustrating

He reveals he is very much involved at the business, which he co-founded after his first venture The Cake Kit Company, adding: ‘I have only ever employed myself.’

The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother, who is currently holidaying in Mustique with Kate, Prince William, Prince George and the Middleton clan, was speaking in an interview with The Young Director, a new lifestyle magazine and app exclusive to iPad users.

Expanding on the theme of being overshadowed by his sister, he continued: ‘I work incredibly hard—just like every other person in business and work.

‘And aside from the fact of — yes, I am the brother of someone very important—I am, at the end of the day, just James.’

On a less serious note, Mr Middleton was also asked which actor he would like to play him in a film of his life and told the magazine that the man for the job, in his eyes at least, would be Leonardo DiCaprio. 

‘I would want Leonardo to play me because I believe in his acting mastery,’ he continued. ‘The guy is a genus and he would make me look fantastic.’

Lookalike? Mr Middleton (right) says he would like Leonardo DiCaprio (left) to play him on film

Clan: Mr Middleton is currently holidaying in Mustique with his royal in-laws, sister Pippa and mother Carol

Family: Mr Middleton pictured with the royal family at Prince George’s Christening in October 2013

He also revealed his guilty pleasure — watching Family Guy — and said that the real reason he dropped out of university was because of his dyslexia.

‘I feel dyslexia is a strong point in me now,’ he explained. ‘I usually joke that it’s like a Superpower — you only have it if you’ve got it!

‘For one, it makes you unique, and two, your brain just works differently; you will get to the answer of a solution but just in a different, maybe unconventional, way.’

This is not the first time Mr Middleton has given an interview although it is considerably less controversial than the last one he did.

Appearing on Good Morning America to promote his marshmallow business, the 27-year-old chatted about life as a royal in-law and revealed that Lupo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s pet spaniel, was a gift from him following the 2011 Royal Wedding.

Glamorous couple: Mr Middleton with his girlfriend Donna Air. She has not travelled to Mustique

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Close: Mr Middleton has previously said that he wants to be ‘the cool uncle’ to Prince George

Criticism: Mr Middleton was attacked for offering up titbits of royal gossip while peddling marshmallows

But the combination of promoting his business while offering up titbits of family gossip drew criticism, with Mr Middleton accused of trading on his royal connections to peddle marshmallows.

During the interview, he also revealed what it’s like to be uncle to the future king and the hysteria surrounding the birth of Prince George last July.

‘The most wonderful thing was that everyone was celebrating with us,’ he said. ‘Me, becoming an uncle and my parents becoming grandparents. It was exciting.’

He added: I still see Prince George as my nephew and I just want to be the best uncle possible. Like any uncle wants to be, I want to be the cool uncle.

‘It’s wonderful to have another niece or nephew on the way.’  

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Méribel: William and Kate’s much-loved ski resort

28 JANUARY 2015

When the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William sloped off for a snowy winter break with her family just months into their marriage, it was to the much-loved ski resort of Méribel in the French Alps. So here at HELLO! we couldn’t resist an invitation to experience the high life at this deservedly popular destination in the famous Trois Vallées.

Situated at the heart of the world’s biggest linked ski area, the pretty Alpine village has been attracting A-list celebrities and royals since Brigitte Bardot helped to put it on the map in the 1960s.

Brigette Bardot in Méribel

As well as the Middletons, the stars who have enjoyed its charms include the Beckhams and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, who splashed out a cool £1million on a chalet when she turned 18.

It’s easy to see why so many people – not just the rich and famous – have fallen under its spell. Giving access to 600km of pistes, it is an intermediates’ paradise with something for everyone who loves their skiing. But it’s more than its enviable position right in the middle of the Three Valleys that keeps people coming.

Sunrise over Méribel

Dotted with attractive stone and wood chalets, Méribel has a less rarefied atmosphere than its swanky neighbour Courchevel – with its Cartier and Chanel boutiques – but it’s not quite as earthy as Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, on the other side. Founded by a Brit, Peter Lindsay, in 1938, it has retained a strong British presence ever since.

We visited early in the season, when the late arrival of the snow meant that we couldn’t get serious mileage under our skis, but we were nevertheless shown a good time by expert guides Mountain Tracks (tel +44 208 123 2978; visit mountaintracks.co.uk), who found great snow on the highest slopes.

HELLO! magazine co-editor Ruth Sullivan

Méribel offers access to a wide variety of winter activities and anyone looking for pristine pistes amid dramatic scenery will not be disappointed.

Keen skiers who fancy an extra challenge can even try ski-joëring – being pulled along by a horse – courtesy of Le Couer Equestre (coeurequestremeribel.com), which also offers horse riding in the snow.

One of the rooms available in the stunning Mont Tremblant

Our base for a long weekend was the well-appointed Chalet Bellevue, the perfect home from home, only with comfier sofas, much better food and a far superior wine cellar.

Meriski, the luxury catered chalet operator, prides itself on its five-star cuisine and we’ll raise a glass of Paul Boyer’s fine wines to that.

There are five rooms in Mont Tremblant which comfortably sleeps 12

Resort accommodation ranges from serviced and self-catering apartments to hotels and luxury chalets. And they don’t come more deluxe than Mont Tremblant, which sleeps 12 very comfortably, with five double bedrooms, a master suite, spacious living areas – all soaring beams and picture windows – cinema room, heated outdoor pool and hot tub.

Meanwhile Meriski’s concierge service is on hand for your heart’s desires, from pampering massages to restaurant bookings.

If all that mountain air makes you hungry, top of the list for eating out is Michelin-starred La Bouitte in Saint Martin de Belleville (+33 4 79 08 96 77), while other dining options include Chez Pépé Nicolas in Val Thorens (+33 6 09 45 28 35) and La Cantine d’Alvar in Méribel (+33 6 50 68 60 76).

After a fun day of skiing, relax in the pool at Mont Tremblant

For DJs, dancing and letting your hair down, try the après ski at Folie Douce under the Saulire lift and, in the centre of Méribel, Le Poste de Secours, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Just try not to fall off the chairlift in the morning…

Meriski (tel 01285 648518; Meriski.co.uk) offers a week in a luxury catered chalet from £662 per person, based on two sharing, including breakfast, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and all drinks, plus chauffeur service.

EasyJet (visit EasyJet.com) flies a high-frequency service from London airports to Geneva from £22.99 one way. Meribel tourist office (+33 4 79 08 60 01; meribel.net)

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Kate Middleton Takes William And Harry To Caribbean Island For Mother’s 60th …

Kate Middleton has reportedly traveled to the Caribbean island of Mustique, along with husband Prince William and baby Prince George, to celebrate the 60th birthday of her mother, Carole Middleton.

The royals reportedly flew out to the island some time last week in order to prepare for the massive party, which is set to take place at a five-star property called Villa Rocina.

Without wanting to put a dampener on the festivities, the royal security detail are taking no chances when it comes to Kate Middleton and the princes, and there are a number of people absent from the guest list, including Carole’s son James and daughter Pippa’s better halves, television presenter Donna Air and stockbroker Nico Jackson.

For that matter, Carole’s own brother, Gary Goldsmith, wasn’t invited either, and according to a Daily Mail report, he was in fact snubbed by his sister for “personal reasons.”

As an insider told reporters, “It’s just a question of protocol really. It’s a bit of a family lockdown as it always is when William and Kate are involved.”

Despite that, the current visit is thought to be the last trip abroad Kate Middleton will take before she gives birth in April, as she enters the sixth month of her second pregnancy.

As was to be expected, the media has been full of speculation and rumors surrounding the gender of the baby. One publication, for example, Hello! Magazine, reported that the Duchess is having a girl, possibly even for sure.

To that end, they cited the editor-in-chief of Netmums, Cathy Ranson.

“The Duchess of Cambridge is one of those lucky women who look effortless and elegant right through pregnancy. She remained very slender while carrying Prince George, almost right up to the end, but with her second child, she appears slightly softer, curvier and fuller in the face. And according to old wives’ tales about pregnancy, this could indicate she’s carrying a girl. Recent pictures show the Duchess looking blooming with more rounded hips than her previous pregnancy, which is another so-called sign.”

While that is Ranson’s take on the gender of the royal baby, the International Business Times reported that, according to a source, Kate is having a boy.

“Based on what Kate has been wearing since her return to the public eye, some believe that she is having another boy. There has been a lot of blue and black in her wardrobe lately, and some say that it could be an early mother’s intuition poking through. Other style watchers will tell you that Kate has favored the color blue since Prince William presented her with his mother’s sapphire ring.”

With conflicting reports, the fact is that no one really has a clue whether Kate Middleton is having a boy or a girl, not even her, according to numerous media outlets. The main thing for her is that the baby will have an easy birth and be healthy and happy.

75 Cute Kate And Wills Moments To Wish Them A Happy Third Wedding …

It’s been three years since Kate Middleton married Prince William – and what a journey it’s been! One Prince and one Princess, a billion public engagements, lots of coat dresses, various royal tours, a topless scandal and one royal baby.

So as the couple celebrate their third wedding anniversary today, let’s look back at their finest moments since becoming Mr and Mrs, from doing matching cowboys in Calgary to playing with Harry Potter wands last week. Oh course the little Prince George also makes an appearance or two in our gallery of cuteness.

Kate and Wills, Catherine and William, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Grazia Daily salutes you.

Kate Middleton Welcomes Parents Carole and Michael Middleton On Mustique …

Kate Middleton was already having her hands full with a bored Prince William after he was forced to join his family on Mustique to quash cheating rumors. Kate Middleton is torn between loyalty to her family and trying to placate a sulky Prince William. Now that Kate’s commoner family is joining the royals on holiday The Duchess of Cambridge  is preparing for even more grief. Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton were photographed at a British airport Monday, making their way over to Mustique to meet up with Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince George for an extended vacation. Carole Middleton is planning to celebrate her 60th birthday on January 31st, which explains why the whole family is trekking all the way to Mustique to join her.

Now, there are some conflicting reports about who exactly was supposed to join Carole for her birthday party. Initially, we’d heard that Prince George and Kate Middleton were going to go, with Prince William staying back and focusing on his ‘studies’. However, the reports soon changed to reflect that William had decided [cough, was forced, cough] to join his wife and son on their family vacation.

But alas, you know what that means, right? According to reports, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince George are already in Mustique, which means William’s boredom has started a day early. And from what we can gather, he’s not particularly looking forward to the Middletons arriving. Instead of partying with Prince Harry back in England, he’s being forced to fete his in-laws. Really, can one blame him for regretting allowing himself to be pressured into coming on this vacation?

To be fair, it’s hard to blame either Kate or Queen Elizabeth for forcing William to go on the vacation, but at the same time, of course it’s going to be boring. Very few people enjoy vacationing with their in-laws, and I’m sure that problem is exemplified times ten when you’re a member of the royal family and your in-laws are…not.

What do you guys think? Is Prince William getting bored and restless with the extended Middleton family in Mustique? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

FameFlynet: Carole and Michael Middleton


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