Meghan has change of heart about royal tradition

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Despite the fact Meghan has been an outspoken activist for animal welfare, it seems the Duchess has had a change of heart and will no longer be asking Prince Harry to skip a royal Boxing Day tradition.

Royal sources have confirmed that Harry will join the traditional pheasant shoot with his family on the Sandringham estate, despite claims that his wife had banned him.

“It’s completely untrue that Her Royal Highness has banned the Duke from shooting,” a source told the Daily Mail.

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty

Earlier this month reports suggested that Meghan asked Harry to ditch the traditional Christmas pheasant shoot, something he had been doing alongside his brother William for 20 years.

A source claimed his wife had words with him about killing “defenceless animals”, The Sun reported.

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty

And it would not have been the first time Harry has skipped an important royal tradition to appease his new wife Meghan.

The royal couple were noticeably absent from Balmoral Castle back in September, where one of the main activities, since way back in 1853, is the traditional royal grouse hunt.

Prince George made headlines when he somewhat controversially took part in his first hunt at age five. Mum Kate Middleton was there, along with most of the Windsors, but Prince Harry was reportedly not present, even though he is an avid hunter and did his first grouse hunt 21 years ago.

Harry went on his first grouse hunt 21 years ago. Photo: Getty
Harry went on his first grouse hunt 21 years ago. Photo: Getty

Now however, it’s been revealed that Harry has indeed been shooting with his friends since he started dating the American-born actress.

Another source close the prince said he is “very keen” to promote wildlife charities alongside his new wife — but the prince believes hunting is a “sustainable field sport.”

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