Prince Harry Made a Big Lifestyle Sacrifice for Meghan Markle, Says Friend
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are settling into their new home in Los Angeles, and have only been spotted in public on a couple of occasions. The two are planning their next business ventures all while trying to stay connected to friends and family while in quarantine.
Although they haven’t really spoken out in the past few weeks, there have been a number of reports about what the formerly royal pair could be up to. According to one recent news story, Prince Harry just proved his devotion to Meghan by giving up one of his favorite activities.
Hunting is a tradition within the royal family
Within the royal family, hunting is a time-honored tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Hunting is a communal sport, with many family members gathering together for several days to hunt, reminisce, and enjoy the outdoors. Prince Harry, just like his older brother Prince William, and other members of his family, is a hunting aficionado and has spent many days out in the field.
In 2018, Prince Harry began making headlines for missing traditional hunts. Reportedly, the royal even skipped the Boxing Day hunt — one that he had been an attendee of for more than two decades. Although that same report claimed that Prince William was none too happy with his younger brother for missing out on important family traditions, Prince Harry didn’t let other opinions sway his resolve.
Again, in late 2019, Prince Harry missed out on grouse-hunting with his family, although that could have had more to do with a beetle infestation rather than any other outside influences.
Meghan Markle is an animal rights activist
Many believe that Prince Harry’s newfound aversion to one of his favorite former pastimes is due to none other than his wife, Meghan. The Duchess of Sussex is a well-known animal rights activist and has been known to follow a vegan diet and to choose vegan leather clothes from time to time.
While Prince Harry himself hasn’t spoken out as to why he’s taken a step back from hunting, some people close to the couple have.
Dr. Jane Goodall, a close personal friend to Prince Harry, recently spoke out, revealing that the former senior royal might stop hunting entirely because Meghan “doesn’t like it.”
Dr. Goodall, a longtime champion of the natural world, also spoke to Prince Harry’s fondness for hunting, stating: “I think Harry will stop because Meghan doesn’t like hunting, so I suspect that is over for him.”
Did Prince Harry just quit hunting for Meghan Markle?
Prince Harry might have just put the kibosh on his past as a hunter once and for all. In a recent PageSix report, sources claimed that Prince Harry sold his prized handmade rifles to placate Meghan and to signify that he has no intention of hunting in the future.
The source states that Prince Harry sold the guns, worth around $60,000 total, to a hunter in a private deal. Supposedly, the deal was done anonymously, so the buyer didn’t even realize that the guns had belonged to Prince Harry, although the source says that “he was quite chuffed when he found out.”
It certainly seems as though Prince Harry has been done with hunting for a long time, and that his unloading of the valuable weapons is just the final step in the process of becoming an animal-rights activist himself. Up next, fans might expect to see the royal touting vegan leather products and encouraging meat-free meal alternatives.