Meghan Markle Might Fake a ‘Headache’ to Get Out of Doing This With Prince Harry

Summer is almost over, but the Sussexes are still squeezing a few trips in before the season ends. Their next stop is Queen Elizabeth’s famous Scottish estate, Balmoral Castle, where they’ll engage in activities like hunting and fly fishing.

While that might sound like fun to the Average Joe, a new report says that it could be a problem for Meghan Markle, who is a known animal rights activist. She reportedly might even pretend to be sick to get out of taking part in the activities with her hubby and his family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage

Hunting at Balmoral Castle

With tens of thousands of acres consisting of forestry, farmland, and grouse moors, Balmoral Castle is the perfect location to stalk animals. Hunting is one of the royal family’s oldest and most sacred traditions — especially to Prince Harry, who was taught to hunt at a young age. But his wife, who is vegan and an animal rights activist, reportedly isn’t a fan of the hobby.

That said, royal editor Robert Jobson told The Daily Mail on Aug. 10 that there’s a chance that Markle won’t join the royal family on the outings. So while they’re out catching animals, “Meghan, however, who rather disproves of such blood sports, may choose to feign a headache.”

We can’t say that the claim is 100% percent true, but it seems obvious that Markle wouldn’t want to be around such activities. She’s been more than open about her love for animals, so it could be a good idea to keep away from blood sports.

But, either way, Prince Harry should be just fine without Markle. He’s reportedly been looking forward to visiting Balmoral with baby Archie more than anything.

“Harry wants Archie to grow up loving the Scottish countryside and learning to fish and hunt there just like he did growing up. He’s a traditionalist in that way,” a source previously told Vanity Fair.

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There’s at least one thing the royal family won’t be hunting this year

According to reports, the family won’t engage in grouse-hunting this year. They will reportedly ditch the tradition due to a beetle infestation that resulted from a bad storm earlier in the year. Apparently, the outbreak caused the grouse population to struggle and ultimately ruined the family’s plans.

A source told The Daily Mail:

“It seems the Queen and her kin will shoot no grouse in the coming weeks…grouse hunting is canceled at Balmoral this year due to a dwindling number of birds….Since grouses depend on the greenery from the moors to survive, an infestation has the potential to wipe out the population.”

It’s definitely unfortunate news for the royal family. But there’s still fly fishing. Plus, there are a bunch of other activities that happen at Balmoral.

Other activities at Balmoral

According to People, the members of the royal family also have parties, mingle with friends, ride horses, and enjoy picnics.

Reports also claim that the queen plans on having a birthday tea for Markle, who turned 38 on Aug. 4.

“It is a testament to Meghan that she has been given this invite. It’s a huge [honor],” a source told The Sun on June 15. “They will celebrate Meghan’s birthday, and the catering team will bake a cake to mark the occasion.”

“Meghan may be a Duchess who can have anything she wants but the Queen is giving her a thoughtful present,” the insider continued. “It’s no secret Balmoral is Her Majesty’s [favorite] home and that’s why this invite is so special and heartfelt.”

See? It’s not so bad, after all.