Meghan Markle joined the royal family's traditional shooting lunch even though she reportedly objects to blood sports

Joe Giddens / PA Images via Getty ImagesThe Duchess of Sussex arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England.
  • Prince Harry reportedly attended the annual Boxing Day shoot as normal on Tuesday, despite reports that Meghan Markle had asked him to skip it because of an objection to blood sports.
  • A source told the Daily Mail that the Duchess of Sussex attended a “cold cuts” feast at a cottage on the family’s Sandringham House after the hunt had taken place.
  • Markle does not wear fur and is against blood sports, according to numerous reports.
  • A source told the Mail that reports that Markle was stopping Harry from attending the shoot were untrue.

The royal family put on a united front on Tuesday when they arrived in Sandringham, England, for the Christmas church service.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry were all in attendance despite growing numbers of reports that a rift has opened up between the two couples.


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The show of solidarity carried into the next day, when Harry reportedly attended the annual Boxing Day shoot, despite previous reports that Markle had asked him to skip it because of an objection to blood sports.

According to the Daily Mail, the Duchess of Sussex attended a “cold cuts” feast at Wood Farm, a cottage on the family’s Sandringham House where Prince Philip spends much of his retirement, following the morning’s sport.

“The men went out as usual for the shoot after a hearty breakfast,” a source told the Mail. “A buffet is laid out of kedgeree, bacon and eggs, cereals and toast to set them up for the day. It’s cold trudging across the muddy fields so you need plenty of sustenance.”

Prince Charles, And Prince Harry, On A Sandringham Shoot.Julian Parker / UK Press via Getty ImagesPrince Charles and Prince Harry on a Sandringham shoot.

The source also told the Mail that any tension between the duchesses has subsided, saying: “The whole thing is incredibly relaxed and everyone is normally in a great mood. Although he can’t shoot anymore, Prince Philip loves being there, and so does the Queen. She will be delighted that Kate and Meghan have sorted out their problems and that the year has ended on a high with the whole family in harmony.”

Markle does not wear fur and is against blood sports, according to numerous reports. She has advocated for ethically sourced clothing in the past and shown a penchant for vegan leather.

However, a source told the Mail that reports that Markle was stopping Harry from attending the shoot were untrue.

“It is completely untrue to say she has banned him from anything, particularly this,” the source said. “Harry couldn’t attend last year’s shoot as he had to drive to London for work.”

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