The childhood companion Prince George, Charlotte and Louis are 'lucky' to have revealed by James Middleton

Kate Middleton's brother has opened up on his own upbringing that featured a 'devastating' reality

James Middleton main image and drop in of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
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The childhood companion Prince George, Charlotte and Louis are 'lucky' to have has been revealed by their uncle James Middleton as he opens up about his own upbringing.

James Middleton says his nephews and niece Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte are 'lucky' to have Orla as a pet.

The sibling of Kate Middleton has opened up on his own childhood in which he reveals he 'wrote letters' to his parents Carole and Michael Middleton, begging them to let him have a pet dog.

And while many people wonder which pet is best for my family? some turn to animal-inspired baby names for their newborn babies.

But unfortunately for James, his parents made him wait until he was a teenager before buying him their first pet - an adopted golden retriever called Tilly.

And he admits he felt 'devastated' not having a dog when he was growing up.

In an interview with OK magazine, The Princess of Wales' younger brother said, "[I'd] write letters to my parents to try to convince them to let me have one." 

Explaining how his pet helped him with his emotions, James recalled, "I found a lot of solace in my dog, Tilly, particularly when I was a young teenager. She knew all of my secrets at the time – who I fancied and all of those little tricky parts that come with growing up that I never told anybody."

Kate Middleton and Lupo

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James' dog passed away in 2018 but he has gone on to breed dogs of his own including the Wales' family pet Orla who replaced their pooch Lupo who died in November 2020.

And while he says was "really pleased" the Wales' kids have a dog at home, he added, "I see them being lucky that they have a dog in their life.'"

Most recently, Princess Charlotte celebrated her eighth birthday posing for a portrait with their beloved family dog Orla. And Kate Middleton was pictured with the rarely seen family member as she watched Prince William's polo match.

James Middleton has previously opened up on how his dogs have helped his mental health struggles, with his battle with depression. He spoke out earlier this year following the death of his therapy dog Ella.

And he also shared a puppy themed tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II as up until her death she had pet corgis and dorgis.

And the Wales kids are so lucky, that they are likely to take their pet pooch on holiday with them this half-term.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)