James Middleton breaks silence on toxic feud with ‘nightmare neighbour’

James Middleton breaks silence on toxic feud with ‘nightmare neighbour’

WATCH NOW: James Middleton is the younger brother of Princess Kate

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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 22/04/2024

- 08:10

Updated: 09/05/2024

- 14:43

Princess Kate's brother has spoken out for the first time about his neighbour

  • James Middleton is the younger brother of Princess Kate and Pippa Middleton
  • The 37-year-old lives in Berkshire with his wife, Alizee Thevenet
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James Middleton has broken his silence on his toxic feud with a "nightmare neighbour".

Princess Kate's younger brother is locked in a toxic feud with a neighbour, who James claimed littered his local village with malicious posters attacking the Middleton family.

Locals had accused the Middleton family farm of generating noise and light pollution, which James refuted.

David Alderton, 65, is claimed to have trespassed on the Stanford Dingley property where James lives with his wife, Alizee Thevenet, and young son, Inigo.

James Middleton

James Middleton is the younger brother of Princess Kate


James also claimed Alderton put up malicious posters across the neighbouring villages attacking the Middleton family.

The father-of-one lives just a few miles from where the Princess of Wales grew up in Bucklebury.

This is also where her younger sister Pippa now resides on Bucklebury Farm, a thriving 72-acre site Pippa bought with her husband James Matthews four years ago for £1.5million.

Alderton runs a motorcycle dealership and lives in a bungalow directly across from James's farm.

James Middleton and Pippa Middleton

James Middleton claimed malicious posters were littered in his village about the Middleton family


He fell out with James after the farmer joined a group objecting to a planning application for a dwelling that was branded an “eyesore”, according to another neighbour familiar with the row.

After tensions reached boiling point, James is understood to have requested they communicate only via email or the council.

Speaking to The Independent, James said: “Police were contacted shortly after our son was born as we became increasingly concerned by the activities surrounding a neighbour.

“West Berkshire Council became involved when our neighbour complained about noise from tractors and animals at the farm along with a series of other complaints.”

Kate Middleton and James MiddletonKate and James Middleton photographed together in 2007Getty

He added that West Berkshire Council found no reason to investigate any of what he termed the “disingenuous complaints”.

James also claimed: “Mr Alderton has a history of disputes with neighbours within the village.

"In 2017 he took legal action against the parish council and a parishioner, and intimidated locals for objecting to a series of planning applications, all of which were refused.”

Alderton told The Daily Mail in February 2023: “This month we have further been subjected to the unwelcome toxic and noxious ingress of fumes within our home from the clearly unsuitable machinery he uses.

“It’s a matter of public record that complaints have been made to the local council but nothing has been done. There are three barns full of old farmyard machinery, no good to anyone and it’s all going on 50ft from our front door.”


James MiddletonJames Middleton and Alizee Thevenet welcomed their son Inigo last yearInstagram / James Middleton

He added: “It’s ancient, noisy, dirty, smelly machinery, old Massey Fergusons, an old threshing machine, wood chipping machines, you name it.

“It’s a farm so I suppose he thinks he feels justified in having farm machinery even if it’s derelict. But he has a duty of care to his neighbours and the environment – it should not impact on people nearby.”

James continued to say: “It is sad that someone who chooses to live in the countryside in a farming community cannot accept that from time to time there will be noise and smells from tractors and animals, especially if they live next to a farm.

“We would be neglecting our duty of responsibility for the animals and countryside if we did what he asked us to do to our livestock.”

GB News has contacted James Middleton and David Alderton for comment.

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