Though we’re universally enamored with Meghan Markle stateside (give or take a few brash family members), it seems the actress-turned-duchess is not quite as beloved among a certain British subset: Prince Harry’s friends.
Harry’s pals, among them billionaire heirs and avid hunters, reportedly have an “issue” with the Duke of Sussex’s new wife and her political views.
According to writer and royal family friend Lady Colin Campbell, Markle’s “politics are an issue” for the Prince’s inner circle. “She is ultra-liberal and that trendy-lefty stuff does not go down well with some of Harry’s friends,” Campbell told The Daily Beast. “He has introduced her to them all at parties and weddings and private dinners, but she is very anti- a lot of the things that their world functions upon, such as shooting.”
This may be a good time to recall that Harry is (or perhaps was) an accomplished marksman — a fact that has stirred much controversy through the years. However, the prince reportedly chose to forego the annual Boxing Day shoot at Sandringham last December at the request of his animal rights activist fiancée. That being said, he went on a hunting trip in Germany earlier that same month, reportedly killing 15 wild boars.
Predilection for hunting aside, Markle’s infamously loose-lipped father has given us another reason to question the alignment of Harry’s political beliefs. During an interview with Good Morning Britain in June, Thomas Markle (in the first of many royal family exclusives), said Harry had told him over the phone to “give Donald Trump a chance.” Whether simply an optimistic word of advice or an endorsement for our current president, we may never know.
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