KATE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE has been an official member of the Royal Family since 2011 when she married Prince William and got to know Prince Charles while taking part in Prince William’s favourite pastime.
Kate was seen learning to hunt with Prince Charles on the royal estate, which angered some royal fans and animal rights groups.
The Duchess was pictured holding what looked like two dead pheasants.
A representative for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said at the time: “It is shocking and abhorrent that she is engaging in blood sports.”
“Kate is obviously trying to endear herself to the Royal Family and her decision will do her no favours whatsoever.
Kate Middleton news Kate bonded with Prince Charles over one hobby (Image GETTY)
“It wasn’t so long ago when she was pictured wearing a fur hat which caused a public outcry and now she is endorsing blood sports.
“The vast majority of the public will be disgusted by these images.”
The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly took well to her first hunt, where she was taught to deer stalk by Prince Charles.
According to the Daily Mail, “eyewitnesses said Miss Middleton showed a remarkable level of confidence as she chatted enthusiastically with Prince Charles while he showed her the ropes.”
Kate Middleton news One hunt took place at the Queen’s Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle (Image GETTY)
And royal author Robert Jobson claimed the royal Highland retreat proved of great significance for the royal.
He wrote: “William’s grandmother showed her conviction in the significance of Kate to her grandson when she ensured that the young couple would have a secure and romantic bolthole on the Balmoral estate.”
While Princess Diana was known to hate the royal estate, Princes Charles was enamoured with the stunning landscape – and his bond with Kate grew when he saw how she felt the same.
He added: “Perhaps part of Charles’ affection for Kate stemmed from his recognition that in her William had found somebody who could happily share the remote Aberdeenshire landscapes that he loved, somebody who would walk by his side as far as he wanted and curl up in front of a roaring fire at the end of the day.”
Kate Middleton news Kate and Prince Charles bonded overhunting in 2007 (Image GETTY)
In fact, Kate enjoyed her hunt so much she even invested in her own 20-bore shotgun.
A source said: “She is very much into the hunting, shooting and fishing country lifestyle. The 20-gauge smoothbore gun is ideal for shooting game birds.”
Despite the backlash over the hunting images, Kate attended the most recent Boxing Day hunt – apparently hunting pheasants, partridges, and ducks according to royal commentator Rebecca English.
This took place on the Sandringham Estate and Ms English said Kate is a keen “markswoman”.
Kate Middleton news Meghan, on the other hand, is strongly opposed to blood-sports (Image GETTY)
However, Kate is said to have only joined in the fun after Prince Harry’s new wife Meghan Markle had departed.
A royal insider said: “MLEMFO LEM4 PROeghan has realised 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.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK