Prince Harry flogs £50,000 rifles after giving up hunting to please Meghan


PRINCE Harry has flogged his handmade hunting rifles after giving up bloodsports to please wife Meghan.

A fellow hunter bought the pair of prized Purdey firearms, thought to be worth at least £50,000, in a private deal.

Prince Harry smiles and crouches beside the body of a water buffalo in Argentina in 2004
Harry has given up hunting and sold his £50k rifles to please Meghan

Harry learnt to shoot as a child and once killed a one-ton buffalo.

But Meghan is opposed to hunting and pals hinted the Duke of Sussex would give up to appease her.

Harry, 35, was also absent from the recent shoots at Balmoral and Sandringham. He sold his two British-made guns five months ago — before he and Meghan, 38, quit the UK for a new life in North America.

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.”

Last week conservationist Dr Jane Goodall said she expected Harry to turn his back on bloodsports.

The 86-year-old told the Radio Times she accepted Harry and his brother William were champions of the natural world.

Harry at a royal shoot at Sandringham, Norfolk in 2008
Meghan Markle, pictured in a previously unseen photoshoot, is opposed to hunting

She added: “Except they hunt and shoot. But I think Harry will stop because Meghan doesn’t like hunting.” Harry is patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana and president of African Parks, a South African group. Harry shot dead the water buffalo in ­Argentina in 2004 during his gap year — and he and William hunted wild boar in Spain in 2014.

And in 2017, while engaged to Meghan, Harry and his friends killed 15 wild boar in Germany.

Earlier this year Harry, Meghan and son Archie, one on Wednesday, spent time on Canada’s Vancouver Island where hunters stalk elk, black bears and cougars. A spokesman for Harry did not want to comment.

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