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James Middleton shares a sneak peek of his parents’ rustic family kitchen

Kate Middleton’s brother has provided royal fans with a rare glimpse inside their parents’ family home. 

James, the younger sibling of the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, and Pippa Middleton, 36, has been staying at their parents Carole and Michael’s home throughout lockdown with his French fiancée Alizee Thevenet.

In an Instagram video for pet supplies company Ella & Co posted yesterday, the 33-year-old entrepreneur discusses the health benefits of apples for dogs (and humans) from their rustic kitchen. 

With his adorable black spaniel Ella perched on what appears to be an island strewn with fresh produce, James reveals why the popular fruit is a great source of fibre for hounds.

Eagle-eyed viewers are treated to a peak of the Middleton family kitchen, which features farmhouse-style cream tiles above a range cooker.

Either side of the range are rows of shelves and rails, from which a variety of cooking utensils, pots and pans are hung and scattered, suggesting Carole is a keen cook.

The stylish green marble-style worktops are home to storage jars and a wicker basket, possibly for housing eggs, while atop the AGA sits an old-fashioned whistle kettle.

Above the cooker is a large kitchen clock, visible behind James – who is dressed in an off-white casual cotton shirt – in one shot.

James encourages dog owners to carry an apple while they’re out and about on a walk, as it can be a delicious snack for both you and your dog. 

He advises feeding them chunks rather than the whole fruit, because the pips can be poisonous.

James told how the video is part of a new monthly segment during which he celebrates different foods that are good for humans and their pets.

‘I love sharing the apple with Ella,’ he said. ‘All varieties of apple that you’d find in the supermarket are good for your dog to eat.’

He added that they’re great for dogs’ digestive systems because of their high fibre content, as well as weight management, and recommended leaving the skin on because it ‘acts like a toothbrush’.  

Last month James had to say goodbye to six adorable puppies after the black and brown spaniels went to their new homes.

He still has six other dogs – including Luna, who gave birth to the litter. 

The money from the sale of the pups will go to Pets As Therapy, a charity for which James volunteers that provides therapeutic visits of dogs to hospitals and care homes.

He has credited dogs with playing a ‘vital role’ in helping him to get out of depression – and find love.

He met Miss Thevenet for the first time when his spaniel Ella bounded over to her during a walk.

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