connectVideo7 time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle strayed from tradition
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to create a new relaxed branch of the monarchy. Here are 7 times the royal couple has broken protocol.
Prince Harry is reportedly choose not to take part in a decades-old holiday tradition with his brother Prince William this year as a mark of respect to his new bride Meghan Markle.
The 34-year-old royal is skipping his family’s annual boxing day pheasant shoot — something he has done for at least 20 years — due to Markle’s love of animals, according to the Daily Mail. Markle apparently has always had a passion for animals and not support for the hunt.
In May, PETA praised Markle, 37, for her vegan-friendly lifestyle, including her opposition to fur and leather.
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“By choosing to oppose fur and leather, Markle is actively helping to stop the global skins trade. Or it came from an animal on a fur farm or one who was caught in the wild, every fur coat, trinket, and bit of trim caused an animal tremendous suffering-and took away a life,” PETA wrote in a blog post.
Harry reportedly skipped last year hunting as well because of Markle.
“He almost never misses the shot, but he loves her so much,” a royal insider told the Mirror, adding it seems to be on Harry’s “shooting days are over.”
“She is an avid animal lover and likes to eat vegetarian during the week and she has a strict no-fur policy. She has also been encouraging Harry to eat less meat and more vegetables and fruit and is now happy to fully convert him to her views on hunting,” another source added to the British tabloid.
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Sources say that it is just the most recent example that proves that the brothers are “drifting” from each other, despite the palace’s recent refusal of issues between the royal families.
In the beginning of December, Kensington Palace issued a rare statement to exit from a report in The Sun about an alleged argument between Markle and Kate Middleton.
“This has never happened,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said in a response.
While Harry skip the traditional hunting, the couple is still expected to take part in a handful of other royal holiday traditions — such as stepping on the scale after eating the christmas dinner and the exchange of funny parcels on christmas Eve.
“The royals are of German descent, so that they weave in the German traditions of their celebrations,” former royal chef Darren McGrady earlier told Express, pointing Germans usually open presents on Dec. 24. “After tea in the afternoon, they open gifts on christmas Eve, just as the German tradition.”