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A vegan charity has gifted Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle a bull as a wedding present.

Campaigners from PETA adopted the animal in India, claiming he was ‘weak and injured, likely after a lifetime of being forced to toil in the hot sun pulling a heavy cart’.

The bull has been named Merry – a hydrid of Meghan and Harry – in honor of the pair. He will spend the rest of his days relaxing in peace at a sanctuary in Maharashtra, India.

Wedding present

PETA founder, Ingrid Newkirk, said: “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now have a one-ton bull to call their own.

“Rescuing Merry is an ideal wedding present for a couple who want their day celebrated with charitable works and contributions.

“The royal wedding is the perfect time for anyone to spare a thought for and show some love to all our fellow living beings.”

Plant-based

The royal couple, who haven’t publicly acknowledged the gift, have been featured fairly regularly on the pages on vegan-interest publications recently. While neither are vegan – and Prince Harry has a history of hunting – according to reports they are following a ‘mainly’ plant-based diet in the run-up to their nuptials on May 19.

A source told the Mail Online that the Prince started juicing under his fiancée’s influence, and that: “She’s also weaning him off meat.”

Speaking about Harry’s pre-wedding diet, The Telegraph said: “It will be mainly vegan.”

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.