Since speaking out about his depression earlier this year, Kate's brother — who admitted he contemplated suicide until he followed the mental health lead of his sister, brother-in-law Prince William and Prince Harry — has revealed that he uses the unusual hobby of beekeeping as “a chance to escape” his own mind.
“I’m fascinated by the little creatures,” he Instagrammed in August.
“From their waggle dance to the queen laying her own body weight in eggs a day… there‘s a lot to be said about these humble little creatures.”
"Bee keeping to me is meditation," he said.
James has also been very clear that his dogs Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel have also played a key role in his recovery.
And his fiancée Alizee has also been instrumental.
“Not that long ago I had forgotten what it was like to laugh with genuine happiness- today I don’t have to pretend to smile,” James added in his post alongside an image of him enjoying a cup of tea with Alizee and his dogs in England’s stunning Lake District.
“I am not cured from depression – I don’t think there is one,” he added.
“However, I have learnt the tools to keep control, every day I look after my mental health as much as I do my physical health. And remember as one wise person once said, ‘Life is about the journey, not the destination.’"