Why Prince Harry bunked tradition for Meghan

It’s been a family custom for 165 years!

Content Editor / September 04 2018

There’s no doubt that Prince Harry puts his new bride first in everything he does, even long-standing royal tradition.

According to a report from Red magazine, the royal family recently visited Balmoral Castle, their Scottish holiday home.

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Raising awareness and funds for @Sentebale with @HamiltonMusical 🎭 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend a special gala performance of @HamiltonWestEnd, in aid of @Sentebale's vital work with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.

One of the activities on the trip was the centuries-old tradition of grouse hunting, which dates back to the 1800s.

Kate, Wills and their three children were also in attendance, with Prince George participating in his first-ever hunt.

Prince Harry, however, declined to attend the hunt, reportedly because Meghan is a strong advocate for animal welfare.

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The 33-year-old also skipped a hunt last December, shortly after announcing his engagement to Meghan, in a move that was reported to have ‘stunned’ the royal family, according to The Sun.

 

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“Meghan is a keen animal rights campaigner and doesn’t like hunting in any form," a royal source said.

“If Meghan’s not comfortable with him doing the shoot, he wouldn’t want to upset her.”