The latest rumored rift between sisters-in-law Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle is courtesy of the pair’s differing views on hunting. Markle is reportedly staunchly opposed to killing animals for sport, while British-born Middleton grew up hunting. So, what to do when spending Christmas together, a holiday that often involves hunting for the Royals? In this case, Kate waited for Meghan to leave. Seems like a good middle ground to us. Or Middleton ground, in this case.
In what seemed to be a respectful move, Middleton reportedly sat out the hunting activities until Markle had left Sandringham, the Queen’s 20,000-acre estate where the Royal Family celebrated Christmas.
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Although there were reports last week that Meghan had banned her husband Prince Harry from hunting, she did attend the Boxing Day lunch with family, an event that includes hunting. Royal watchers took this as a sign that she was understanding of the royal tradition to shoot pheasants, partridges and ducks. Kate did not hunt on Boxing Day but did take part in the activities on December 27 after Meghan and Harry had left the estate and departed for a vacation, one that likely doesn’t include having to skin anything.
According to a source, “Meghan has realized that the Royals have been doing this for centuries and aren’t going to change their ways. She is not a vegan or even a vegetarian, but she doesn’t like unnecessary cruelty to animals. Harry has explained to her that the numbers of birds need to be kept down on the estate and that this is all part of the management. She has accepted this but doesn’t like watching it. She enjoyed the lunch and got on well with Kate, but I’m not sure how she would feel about Kate taking part.”
Considering Meghan is a feminist, she would probably be equally turned off by the hunting whether it was Kate, Will or Harry pulling the trigger, but another possible feud between the women makes for a better headline, right? Ugh. We’d be more interested if the British press could find a pair of sisters-in-law who did agree on every single topic. Now that would be newsworthy.