Kate Middleton reportedly went pheasant shooting the day after Meghan Markle, who hates hunting, went home

Getty ImagesKate Middleton and Meghan Markle arrive at a church service in Sandringham, England, on Christmas Day 2018.
  • Kate Middleton went shooting with the royal family, and brought her own shotgun along, according to the Daily Mail.
  • She attended the traditional event on December 27, the day after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry went home.
  • Reports have suggested that Markle, who avoided the shoot when she was around on December 26, objects to blood sports.
  • Middleton is reportedly a keen shot, and was seen at shooting events in 2007 and 2009.

Kate Middleton went pheasant shooting with the royal family, joining in with their traditional post-Christmas hunt on the day after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left.

The Duchess of Cambridge took part in a hunt on the Queen’s 20,000-acre estate in Sandringham, England, where the royals traditionally spend the Christmas period, according to sources cited by Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English.

The Mail reported that Middleton used a 20-bore shotgun which she had bought herself, and shot at pheasants, partridges, and ducks.

The Duchess has been seen shooting before, and was pictured at hunting events in 2007 and 2009.

No images were published of the event reported by the Mail this week, but the newspaper used a 2009 image of Middleton holding a gun on its front page.

Middleton was absent from the higher-profile shoot on December 26, known in the UK as Boxing Day, which is a traditional occasion for hunting and shooting. The Mail said she was seen on December 27.

Prince Harry did attend the Boxing Day shoot, according to multiple outlets, contrary to earlier reports that he might avoid the event in light of the dislike his wife, Meghan Markle, is reported to hold for blood sports.

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Markle herself did not attend, but went to a lunch afterwards. She and Harry left the royal estate later that day.

Royal family Christmas Sandringham Prince Charles William Harry Kate Middleton Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMembers of the royal family at Sandringham for Christmas 2018. From left: Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry.

An anonymous source cited by English said of Markle: “She has accepted [the hunting] 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.”

The report comes amid increasing claims of a stand-off between the two duchesses.

The two seemed perfectly happy in each other’s company as they smiled for cameras on Christmas Day when the royal famly visited St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate.

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