Prince Harry has sold his guns, including handmade Purdey hunting rifles to please his wife, Meghan Markle.
Harry has been hunting since he was a kid, and has even hunted dangerous game such as water buffalo in Argentina. However, since meeting Megan, who is an anti hunter, he no longer hunts and has become “more enlightened”, sources told The Sun. His last hunt was a boar hunt in Germany just before the two were engaged in 2017.
Markle has never said she was vegan but when discussed her diet in the past, it was in the context of trying to eat less meat. She is “mostly plant-based,” she told a reporter years ago, and that, before she had Archie, reports in England stated that she was hoping to raise her son as vegetarian. In a 2016 interview with Best Health, Markle said, “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends. But at the same time, it’s all about balance.”
The British press reported last summer that Harry was said to be opting for “less meat and more fruit and veg,” at the same time Markle reportedly said she would raise Archie that way, contributing to the decline in hunting.
The recent report about Harry selling his weapons said the sale took place about five months ago, when he privately unloaded two British-made guns — months before he and Meghan, 38, moved to Canada and then settled in LA. A friend of the anonymous gun buyer said: “He bought them because he wanted them, not because they belonged to Harry, but he was excited to have the rifle of a celebrity hunter once 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,” the source added.
Conservation activist Dr. Jane Goodall said she was not surprised to hear that Harry had decided to quit hunting.
A friend of Meghan Markle’s, the 86-year-old animal activist told the Radio Times she accepted Harry and his brother William were champions of the natural world, the paper reports. Over Christmas, Kate Middleton waited for Markle to depart and joined the annual pheasant hunt.
In August, it was reported that Meghan may “fake a headache” to avoid a hunt at the Queen’s annual holiday to Balmoral.
The conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, a friend of Markle’s, recently told the Radio Times that Harry would quit shooting animals for sport because Meghan doesn’t like it.
“I think Harry will stop because Meghan doesn’t like hunting,” she said then.