James Middleton makes a sad announcement after the loss of an important family member with special connection to sister Catherine

James Middleton is mourning the loss of his dog, who he credits with helping him during his depression

James Middleton's sad announcement
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James Middleton has shared a heartbreaking update with fans after the loss of his dog, Ella. Kate Middleton's younger brother shared the sad news on Instagram, posting two black and white photos of the cocker spaniel. Ella is a special dog to James, as he named his successful business after her and he credits the dog with helping him during his battle with depression. Ella was also the mother of Kate and William’s former dog, Lupo.

"It is with great sadness that I announce my dear Ella has passed away," James Middleton posted on Friday. "For 15 years Ella has been at my side, from my darkest days to my happiest. I'm going to miss her terribly."

The moving social media post included black and white shots of the cocker spaniel as James continued his emotional tribute.

"Ella had a very short illness, she slipped away in my arms at home and is now buried in the garden alongside [the late family dog] Tilly. I took this picture just a few hours before she died."

James Middleton took his dog, Ella, as his date to the GQ Awards

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"I'm just about holding it together to write this, and despite the fact I knew this day was coming, it doesn't make it any easier," James wrote. "Goodnight my darling Ella, Alizee and the dogs will take good care of me."

Ella was the first dog James owned as an adult, and she was an important presence in his life.

He previously credited the adorable dog as his support while struggling with depression. While appearing on a chat show in the UK in 2020, James revealed that Ella came along to his therapy sessions, which made all the difference.

"I got this diagnosis and Ella came to all of my therapy sessions, which I was reluctant to go from the start. But with her by my side, I really became confident in understanding that I had a mental illness."

"I would go so far as to say that I owe Ella my life, and she doesn't know that," he said at the time.

James even credits the dog for introducing him to his wife, Alizee Thevenet.

The pair met in 2018 and were engaged by the following the year. They were wed in France in 2021 and it all started thanks to Ella.

For the Telegraph, James wrote, "The two of us were at the South Kensington Club in Chelsea. Ella was lying at my feet under the table; realizing she might want some water, I trusted her to take herself to the water bowl across the terrace. However, she made a beeline for Alizee. Rather embarrassed, I went over to apologize and bring Ella back."

 Alizee thought James was a server, and ordered a drink while petting the dog.

"Little did I know, I had just met my future wife, all thanks to Ella," he said.

Kate Middleton's new family dog, Orla, comes from her brother's dog's litter

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A special pooch, and Ella has another important connection. She was the mother of Lupo, the black cocker spaniel Prince William and Kate Middleton loved for nine years, until the dog’s death in November 2020.

"Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away," the Prince and Princess of Wales said in a statement at the time. "He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much."

Kate Middleton had previously told guests the main reason for getting Lupo was as a means of support while Prince William was away in the Falkland Islands.

Kate and William have since got another dog from James, another cocker spaniel called Orla. Orla appeared in Princess Charlotte’s seventh birthday portraits.

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