Prince Harry will snub traditional Royal Family Boxing Day shoot to avoid upsetting animal lover Meghan
- Prince Harry, 34, has taken part in the family event for more than 20 years
- But Meghan, 37, strongly opposes blood sports and refuses to wear any fur
- Meghan’s aversion to hunting is believed to have first caused issues last year
- Insiders say that Harry has changed hugely since meeting his American wife
Prince Harry will miss out on the traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot with his brother Prince William at Sandringham to avoid upsetting his animal-loving wife Meghan.
Their father Prince Charles will be at the shoot and Prince William’s son George may go along to catch the spectacle.
Harry, 34, has taken part in the family event for more than 20 years, but Meghan, 37, strongly opposes blood sports and refuses to wear fur.
Meghan’s aversion to hunting is believed to have first caused issues last year, when Harry reportedly took part in a wild boar hunt in Germany. The two are pictured together here in New Zealand
Prince Harry is pictured here in the 1990s as a young shooting enthusiast. He declined to join the Boxing Day hunt last year – before missing the grouse hunt at Balmoral three months ago
Prince Harry (top-left) and Prince Charles (top-right) are seen hunting in Sandringham in November 1995
Prince Harry (left) will not be taking part in a traditional shoot on Boxing Day because he does not want to upset Meghan
Harry and Prince William have enjoyed hunting together over the years and it has provided them with the opportunity to strengthen their brotherly bond. Now Royal watchers fear that Harry’s absence will only serve to deepen the reported tensions between the siblings and their wives.
One Royal source told the Sunday Mirror: ‘William sees this as another concerning example of his brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife.
‘Harry’s always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers.
‘But now it looks like Harry’s shooting days are over. It’s the latest point of contention between the Princes.’
Meghan’s aversion to hunting is believed to have first caused issues last year, when Harry reportedly took part in a wild boar hunt in Germany. Realising his then-girlfriend ‘wasn’t happy,’ he declined to join the Boxing Day hunt last year – before missing the grouse hunt at Balmoral three months ago.
Insiders say that Harry has changed hugely since meeting his American wife.
When the one-time ‘Party Prince’ took Meghan to Jamaica to celebrate the wedding of his best friend Tom Inskip, the couple were the first to leave the party and go to bed.
Since then, he has also become more distant from the group of friends he grew up with.
All in a row: The Duke of Cambridge and his pregnant wife walk to church at Sandringham with Prince Harry and his Meghan for Christmas mass last year
Fashion-conscious Meghan has influenced his dress sense – with Harry copying the brands she wears and becoming increasingly eco-conscious. Onlookers have remarked that Harry is looking much slimmer, claiming that he has adopted elements of her healthy and often vegan diet.
Staff working for Harry at Kensington Palace have also been subjected to huge changes since the arrival of ‘Hurricane Meghan,’ with two key staff members leaving within weeks of each other.
The hunt snub follows a series of reported rifts between the two couples since Meghan arrived into ‘the Firm.’ In September, it emerged that the Sussexes and Cambridges would be splitting their courts at Kensington Palace to have their own offices. Then last month, Harry and Meghan announced that they would be moving from their home in Kensington Palace – next door to William and Kate – for Frogmore Cottage in Home Park, Windsor. The Mail on Sunday reported how Meghan and Kate are ‘very different people,’ and that, ‘they don’t get on.’
It later emerged that Kate had been left ‘in tears’ after a fitting for Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaids dress in the build-up to the wedding last May.
Last night, Kensington Palace declined to comment.