Dr. Jane Goodall, who is a casual friend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, recently revealed that Harry might consider giving up the grand royal tradition of sport hunting, all because Meghan isn’t a fan. Another story implying Meghan is making Harry give up a royal family tradition? The British press is bound to have a field day with this one. I can see the pun-heavy headlines now. “Meghan fires back at Harry: I’m the only thing you should be pointing your pistol at and mounting in the living room!
The Guardian says Jane was interviewed by the Radio Times and broke the news about Harry’s possible decision to put down his guns for good. Hunting is a big family event in many upper crust British circles, but especially in the royal family. Both Harry and his older brother Prince William are big environmentalists, but they also like to KILL. Bird hunting is an annual Christmas time event at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham home. In 2012, Harry and William reportedly celebrated the completion of Harry’s helicopter training by taking a secret hunting trip to Spain. Here’s a picture of William getting his Jed Clampett on, taken about six years ago:
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) February 8, 2014
William and Harry love all animals, big or small. Which is to say, they’ll shoot a pheasant at granny’s house just as fast as they’ll blow a hole through a water buffalo, like Harry did in 2004:
Prince Harry and water buffalo, South America 2004… pic.twitter.com/Qvo68bHIfg
— Emma Grace Aldons (@Em_g_a) July 29, 2015
Jane loves animals, so she was quick to point out the hypocrisy that lies in William and Harry’s conservation efforts when they also hunt. Jane believes Harry’s enthusiasm for deep six-ing every link on the food chain can’t continue much longer, due to his wife’s thoughts on the matter.
“They hunt and shoot. But I think Harry will stop because Meghan doesn’t like hunting, so I suspect that is over for him.”
Meghan is an animal lover, but not in the same way William and Harry are. Back in January, Meghan paid a visit to Mayhew, an animal welfare charity she’s been invested in for a few years now.
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Earlier this month, The Duchess of Sussex popped in to see the amazing people at Mayhew to hear about the incredible progress made throughout the festive period. The Duchess of Sussex, having been proud patron of Mayhew since January 2019 and long understanding the connection between animal and community welfare, applauds the people at Mayhew for the vital work that they do every day. From cats and dogs who have found new homes to animal welfare cases handled in the community – @TheMayhew believes in the power of togetherness and the special bond between humans and animals. Image © SussexRoyal
Jane and Harry have worked together when it was part of Harry’s professional duties as the Duke of Sussex. But now that he’s no longer a working royal, would he still support her work? Jane says she’s spoken with Harry recently, and she hopes he will keep in contact. She also implied Harry is still trying to figure out his life as Regular Old Prince Harry.
“I don’t know how his career is going to map out, but yes, I’ve been in touch, though I think he’s finding life a bit challenging just now.”
Harry and Meghan have relocated to Los Angeles with their son Archie, which is a bit of a challenge when you’ve lived your whole life in various palaces across the UK. He’s also about to officially launch a charity, called Archewell, which has already been targeted by internet trolls. And now his wife wants him to stop murdering animals for the serotonin boost. Yeah, that all sounds a bit challenging. But luckily for Harry, he can use his hunting skills to help him overcome one of the more challenging aspects of his new life. Waiting patiently for what seems like hours for the chance to pounce on the ultimate prize will come in handy when he tries to find parking in L.A.