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Prince Harry will ditch the traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot again this year because his wife Meghan Markle is anti-bloodsports, according to a report.

A source told The Mirror that Markle – who refuses to wear fur and favors vegan leather – is upset by the idea of her husband killing ‘defenseless animals’.

Now reports say Markle’s influence could cause a rift between brothers Princes William and Harry.

No bloodsports

“In his mind, William sees this as another concerning example of his younger brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife,” a royal insider told the Sunday Mirror.

“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 after a testing time in their relationship.”

Despite The Mirror‘s source, according to The Telegraph, an unnamed ‘well-placed’ Kensington Palace source denied the story, saying: “This is completely untrue.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.