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Duchess Catherine's little brother James Middleton launches a unique new business amid COVID-19

Ever passionate about mental health, James' latest venture might be his most poignant yet.

By Jess Pullar
Duchess Catherine's younger brother James Middleton is continuing to make a name for himself in the best way possible.
After years spent championing causes related to mental health, as well as sharing much of his life with his adorable dogs, it seems the youngest Middleton has found the perfect middle ground in tying the two together - and it all starts with those pups.
James Middleton has launched something that ties together two things he is hugely passionate about. (Instagram / @jmidy)
The 33-year-old has launched a new company named Ella & Co, a unique venture aimed at happiness and wellbeing for dogs.
He's created the quirky concept of freeze-dried raw food for dogs - a super nutritious option made with healthy ingredients, and officially approved by nutritionists and vets.
"It's nearly impossible to fully calculate our pets' value," James explained on his new website.
"While we wouldn't think twice about the little things we do for ourselves – morning coffee, gym memberships, dinners out and spending money at the pub – we can forget about investing in our pets' long-term health and wellbeing."
"At Ella & Co, creating the most convenient, nutritionally-rich, ethical, and delicious freeze-dried raw dog food available in the UK is our first, small step towards a dog food revolution."
Middleton, who has opened up about his own struggles with mental health in the past, has been vocal about how much his dogs have helped him over the years.
In an emotional article written for the Daily Mail last year, James explained: "I recognise, too, the role my dogs — Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel — have played in my recovery."
"Ella, particularly, has been my constant companion for ten years and she's been with me to all my therapy sessions. In her own particular way, she has kept me going."
It seems Ella was the ultimate namesake for James' new business chapter.
Earlier this month, James shared a rather unexpected update to his Instagram, which is usually laden with pictures of his dogs.
Instead, the newly engaged Brit filmed himself with his signature beard, shortly before he picked up a shaver and whipped the whole thing off.
"As Alizee [Thevenet] and myself were due to get married... well actually, this month. She's never seen me without a beard, so I thought it was about time I showed her what was behind here," James explained.
The newly shaved Middleton then snuck up to his wife-to-be as she sat at an outdoor table with James' parents Carole and Michael Middleton.
Alizee was clearly shocked, but thrilled with the surprise.
"Oh my god! So weird. Even when I kiss you it's different," she mused in the video.
Watch the video in full below:
What with shaving, business ventures and announcements galore, it seems James is making the most of his time in lockdown.
As for his dog food business, we can't wait to see what comes next - perhaps some special dog exercise equipment or a pup-friendly smoothie?
Whatever it is, he's certainly got the creativity to make it interesting!
Whatever comes next for James and his fiancee Alizee will undoubtedly be worth keeping an eye on. (Getty)

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