Prince Harry reportedly won't take part in this royal Christmas tradition to please Meghan Markle

Prince Harry reportedly won't take part in this royal Christmas tradition to please Meghan Markle

Since her marriage to Prince Harry back in May of this year, Meghan Markle has certainly made her mark on the royal family. She's broken royal protocol a number of times with her daring dress sense, made headlines around the world thanks to her, uh, kooky family, and recently announced that she and the prince are expecting their first child together.

And, aside from making him a father, the duchess has had a few other significant influences on her husband.

This week, in fact, it's been discovered that Meghan has had an impact on an age-old Christmas tradition in the Windsor household - but Harry seems to be all for it.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Credit: Getty

According to the Daily Mail, the 34-year-old prince has decided to opt out of the Boxing Day hunt that takes place every year at Sandringham. Normally, Harry would join his brother, William, in order to shoot pheasants on the royal grounds, but has decided not to go along this year on account of Meghan's dislike for bloodsports.

This will be the first time in 20 years that he has not gone along to the hunt, and marks a significant break in tradition.

Pheasant shooting is considered something of a rite of passage for the men in the royal family, and it is expected that Prince Charles and perhaps even Prince George will be joining in with the activities this year (either as observers or participants). Harry's decision not to partake, then, is a pretty big statement.

Apparently, not everyone is happy about this.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 30: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring schemes in Auckland on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Jason Dorday - Pool/Getty Images) Credit: Getty

According to a royal source who spoke to the Daily Mirror about the revelation, Prince William is disappointed that Harry has been turning away from certain traditions.

"William sees this as another concerning example of his brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife," the source claimed.

"Harry’s always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers. But now it looks like Harry’s shooting days are over. It’s the latest point of contention between the Princes."

Indeed, there have been rumours that William and Kate do not hold the same values as Harry and Meghan, and the former actress' assimilation into the royal family has been somewhat difficult because of this. The four will have to learn to get along soon, however, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to move to Frogmore Cottage next year, where they will be neighbours to William and Kate.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Credit: Getty

Regardless of the royals' reactions to the news, many people are happy to hear that Meghan has taken an anti-hunting stance. The former Suits star is pro-animal rights, and opposes any sports that involve killing or harming animals, as well as wearing fur. For a lot of Brits, this is considered to be a step in the right direction, as recent debates over fox hunting and other bloodsports have shown that the majority of individuals think that such things are archaic and unnecessarily cruel.