Meghan Markle was not a fan Royal Family Boxing Day hunt: 'Unnecessary cruelty'


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry went big this Christmas as they released a card with the first image of Lilibet Diana displayed on it. It shows the happy couple with their two young children – Harry can be seen laughing, while Archie, who now has red hair like his dad, has a big smile on his face. Royal writer Daniela Elser said the card showed the Sussexes as a “near-perfect modern family” – but warned it also broke their own privacy arrangements. Writing for , she called the picture a “very serious error of judgement” – despite being a “beautiful image”.

She wrote: “Up until now, Harry and Meghan have assiduously, and totally understandably, shielded their little ones and done everything they can to minimise their exposure.

“Whether wittingly or not, they have just managed to demolish that carefully crafted and maintained wall of privacy they have built around their kids.”

Harry and Meghan have spent Christmas in the USA, meaning they will miss many of the royal Christmas traditions.

However, Meghan was said to not be a fan of the royals’ Boxing Day Hunt.

They gather at Sandringham to hunt animals living in the surrounding area, including grouses, pheasants or larger game like stags.

But one source told the Daily Mail in 2018 that the Duchess of Sussex is not keen on the tradition.

They claimed: “Meghan has realised that the royals have been doing this for centuries and aren’t going to change their ways.

“She is not a vegan or even a vegetarian, but she doesn’t like unnecessary cruelty to animals.

“Harry has explained to her that the numbers of birds need to be kept down on the estate and that this is all part of the management.

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A source told The Sun: “William and Harry spent the whole day on the shoot. Kate and Meghan joined them for lunch with the Queen and the rest of the Royal party.”

Kate also joined the shoot, and even invested in her own 20-bore shotgun for the occasion.

A source told the Daily Mail at the time: “She frequently goes out shooting when she is staying at Anmer Hall [the Cambridges’ country home at Sandringham] and has become a really good shot.

“She is very much into the hunting, shooting and fishing country lifestyle. The 20-gauge smooth bore gun is ideal for shooting game birds.”


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