Prince Harry gave up hunting and sold £50k rifles to please Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry reportedly had to give up one of his favourite hobbies because Meghan Markle didn't like it.

The 37-year-old Duke of Sussex is said to have sold his shooting rifle collection estimated to be worth around £50,000 in an effort to please his anti-hunting wife.

A stunned hunter allegedly bought the firearms a whole five months before the pair 'stepped back' as working royals and left to live in California, according to The Sun.

Harry has taken part in the sport since he was a child and in 2016, he and his pals were even said to have killed 15 wild boar on a hunting trip in Germany led by a man nicknamed 'The Boar Terminator'.

But his hunting days are now in the past as activist Meghan is meanwhile a fierce opponent of blood sports, and sticks to a vegan diet during the week.

A friend of the anonymous buyer said: "He bought them because he wanted them, not because they belonged to Harry, but he was quite chuffed when he found out.

"They are beautiful examples and he’s very pleased with them but he’s not the sort of person who wants to boast about the royal connection."

Both Harry and brother William have been criticised in the past for their hunting habits, which they have maintained despite their extensive wildlife campaigning.

Primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, 88, a friend of Harry's, told the Radio Times in 2020 that she expected the Duke to give up hunting.

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She commented that Harry and William were champions of the natural world “except they hunt and shoot” and added: “I think Harry will stop because Meghan doesn’t like hunting, so I suspect that is over for him.”

Some more recent activity suggests Harry may not have completely shunned life on the "wild side", however.

Last month the Duke of Sussex was spotted wearing a cowboy hat at a Texas rodeo, with one witness saying it was "shocking" to see him at an event considered cruel by animal rights activists.

The Daily Star has approached the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.

  • Prince Harry
  • Meghan Markle

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