Kate Waited Until Meghan Left Sandringham To Go Shooting With Her Own 20-Bore Shotgun
The Duchess of Cambridge went out shooting the day after her animal-loving sister-in-law left Sandringham.
Kate, 36, has become a keen markswoman – and has even invested in her own shotgun, sources say.
But she waited until after Meghan's departure on Boxing Day to join her husband, Prince William, and other family members to blast pheasants, partridges and ducks on the Queen's 20,000-acre Norfolk estate on Thursday.
Last week the Mail told how Prince Harry had joined his family for their traditional post-Christmas shoot, despite claims he was banned by his new wife, who is expecting their first child in the spring.
Although Meghan, 37, did not take part on Boxing Day, she did join the family group for a merry lunch at Wood Farm, seen by many as a tacit endorsement of her husband's controversial pastime.
Royal sources had categorically denied the duchess had made any effort to bar Harry.
Kate also joined the group for lunch, driving down to the farm with Meghan, the Queen and Prince Philip. But she was raring to get a gun in her hands the following day.
A royal insider said that the duchess has bought a 20-bore shotgun, which is much lighter and easier to use than the usual 12-bore.
The source said: 'She frequently goes out shooting when she is staying at Anmer Hall [the Cambridges' country home at Sandringham] and has become a really good shot.
'She is very much into the hunting, shooting and fishing country lifestyle. The 20-gauge smooth bore gun is ideal for shooting game birds.'
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