Even little Prince George took part in the Royals’ traditional grouse hunt during their annual summer holiday to Balmoral over the bank holiday weekend, but the Duke of Sussex was noticeably absent.
Prince Harry has taken part in hunts since he was a youngster, alongside Prince Charles and Prince William, but has been breaking tradition since his marriage to the Suits actress.
The Duke’s absence from the hunt came despite the loved-up pair staying with the Queen at her Aberdeenshire estate.
So it’s unsurprising that royal fans are speculating that Prince Harry snubbed the activity so as not to upset his wife.
Prince Harry, 33, previously surprised gamekeepers at Sandringham by backing out of the traditional family grouse hunt last Boxing Day – having first participated more than 21 years ago.
Grouse hunting is a known favourite pursuit of the royals, which they have practised for hundreds of years.
It is known Meghan is a known animal rights advocate and Harry has made adjustments to his lifestyle as a result.
A source also claimed in April that Meghan is encouraging Harry to eat less meat, telling the Mail: “She’s got him juicing and he has lost at least half a stone, which is a lot for someone as skinny as he is.
“They have bought a top-of-the-range juicer and she has him on fruit and veg smoothies. She’s also weaning him off meat.”
Dad Prince Charles and brother Prince William still took part in the December annual ritual on the 20,000-acre estate.
Meghan previously championed her love of animals by refusing to wear leather or fur, has adopted rescue dogs, and has said in the past she tries to eat vegan during the week days.
A pal of Harry’s told The Sun: “If Meghan’s not comfortable with him doing the shoot, he wouldn’t want to upset her.”
The Queen reportedly drove her Range Rover to witness Prince George, five, make the major milestone of his first grouse shoot.
Prince Charles joined for lunch, alongside Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex with Zara and Mike Tindall.
A source said: “It was a very jolly family lunch. The men and Princess Anne all shoot in the morning, then the wives and children join the party for the shoot lunch on the moor.”
Kensington Palace has declined to comment on the incident.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry married on May 19 this year at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Since this time, Meghan has accompanied Harry on royal engagements, most recently for a charity performance of Hamilton.