The Duke of Cambridge faced backlash from animal right’s activists for exposing his young son, aged seven, to the hunting practice during their trip to Scotland. The pair, along with other senior royals, were on a family holiday in Scotland last weekend when the hunt took place in Corgarff, a short drive from Balmoral.
Nicola Sturgeon herself has long been against hunting, previously taking a stand against fox hunting in First Minister’s Questions.
In 2018, she took a stand on Twitter, writing: “Totally understandable why the images from Islay of dead animals being held up as trophies is so upsetting and offensive to people. @scotgov will review the current situation and consider whether changes to the law are required.”
However, the royals continued their tradition of hunting on Scottish land this week, with both William and his brother, Prince Harry, having hunted and shot grouse from a young age.
But many royal fans do not agree with the traditional practice.
Some have even taken to Twitter to voice their opinion on the matter.
Mentioning Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, one user wrote: “Not impressed at all. There are other activities he can do with his family.
“That’s one reason the FM @NicolaSturgeon has a fight on her hands when Royalty shoot grouse for fun.”
One Twitter user wrote: “It’s a shame that William doesn’t do it any differently with his son.
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Responding to another user’s comment likening the hunt to going to a supermarket, the same user added: “It’s like farmers and people who live more simpler lives who rear and kill their own animals to eat.
“There’s nothing wrong with killing your own meat to eat, as long as it’s not trophy hunting, killing endangered animals or just done without reason.”
Animal rights group PETA have spoken out about the royals’ hunting trip, arguing that a child witnessing the killing of animals could cause “damage to their psyche”.
The organisation added that watching how it is done could “desensitise George to the suffering of animals”.
Ingrid Seward said the royal couple may feel “more secure” with six-year-old Prince George attending a boarding school, where he is “protected”, like his father William and uncle Prince Harry. She said Kate and William could break away from royal tradition and not send Prince George to a boarding school because he is “shy”.
But she said they would consider their decision about George’s future “carefully”.
Ms Seward told Ok! magazine: “Kate and William are modern parents and will weigh up the decision very carefully. I think they’ll wait to see how the children’s personalities develop, and take into consideration whether or not they would be happy to live away from home.
“Having experienced terrible trauma in his own childhood, William is very tuned in to his children’s mental health.
“We’re used to seeing the royals breaking with tradition these days so it won’t be a huge shock if they do things their way.
“I think William and Kate’s view will be, if the children are happy in their school, why change things.
“If I was Kate though, I’d feel more secure if George, as heir to the throne, was tucked away at boarding school. He’ll have more freedom there and he’ll be very protected from any outside dangers.”
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“It’s a super friendly school so it could be a good choice for George.
“He might then follow his father to Eton College for his secondary education. I doubt the royals will have to go on any waiting lists, so they won’t need to rush their decision.”
But Ms Seward warned Kate and William would not rush their decision because George, 6, could be “quite the shrinking violent” like his grandfather Prince Charles.
She added: “But George is a shy little boy, so he might not have the right character for it just yet.
“William was very boisterous at six, but perhaps George is more like his grandfather Charles, who was quite the shrinking violet.
“The photos of William and his brood suggest that George and his younger siblings are enjoying a very carefree childhood.”
Kate and William have been homeschooling Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte during the coronavirus pandemic.
The pair are are both pupils at the £19,000-a-year Thomas’s Battersea in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not make a choice on whether to send George to boarding school until their children’s personalities develop further, a royal expert has claimed.
William and Kate have been home-schooling Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, with many children already back to school, the royal couple face tough decisions about their children’s futures.
Now, Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, has revealed how Prince William and Kate are “very carefully” weighing up decisions about the future of their children’s education.
She told Ok! magazine that the duo are “modern parents”.
Kate and William have a difficult decision over whether to sending George to boarding school scho (Image: GETTY)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not make a choice on whether to send George to boarding school until their children’s personalities develop further, a royal expert has claimed (Image: GETTY)
With the royal couple being involved with a number of different mental health campaigns and charities, they are likely to take a more thoughtful approach in how their children will be affected by any major lifestyle changes.
The source said: “I think they’ll wait to see how the children’s personalities develop, and take into consideration whether or not they would be happy to live away from home.
“Having experienced terrible trauma in his own childhood, William is very tuned in to his children’s mental health.”
She pointed out that the parents might be particularly aware of the children’s different personalities.
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Prince George is described as ‘a shy little boy’, meaning the Cambridges may hold off on sending him to boarding school (Image: GETTY)
While Princess Charlotte “appears very confident” and “would suit the boarding environment”, the royal expert fears things may not be the same for George.
Ingrid commented that Prince George is “a shy little boy”, and compared him to his grandfather, Prince Charles.
Ingrid also revealed that Kate may “feel more secure” if Prince George goes to a boarding school where he can be “tucked away” and “have more freedom”.
The expert said that the schooling may allow the heir to the throne to be “very protected from outside dangers.”
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William and Kate have been home-schooling Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis (Image: GETTY)
Prince William and Kate are reportedly ‘very carefully’ weighing up decisions about the future of their children’s education (Image: GETTY)
The royal expert went on to say that the public has become “used to” royals break away from tradition.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be such a big shock if the Duke and Duchess did decide to keep their children in day school.
Prince William was just eight years old when he became a full-time boarder at Ludgrove School in Berkshire, where he appeared to thrive.
Kate also attended boarding schools, including Downe House, a girls’ boarding school in Berkshire, which she left after two terms for Marlborough College.
Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
But while both of Prince George’s parents thrived at school, this hasn’t been the case for every member of the Royal Family.
Prince Charles attended Cheam School in Hampshire and then Gordonstoun in Scotland as a boy.
He later called the experience “disastrous”.
Prince George is currently a pupil at Thomas’s Battersea, a £6,158-a-term co-educational school in south-west London, where he can stay for another seven years.
The expert said Kate may ‘feel more secure’ if Prince George goes to a boarding school (Image: KENSINGTON ROYAL)
Both Marlborough and £13,556-a-term Eton take full-time boarders from the age of 13.
Friends previously said the couple are deliberating a “less traditional” educational route for the future king than previous heirs.
Meanwhile Princess Charlotte also attends Thomas’s Battersea, But while Thomas’ Battersea has resumed its classes for five-year-old Princess Charlotte’s reception year group, it is unlikely she will attend without her older brother, according to royal biographer Katie Nicholl.
Six-year-old Prince George’s Year 2 class remains closed in the phased reopening of the primary school.
During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito discussed Kate’s love of gardening. Ms Bowie stated the Duchess of Cambridge “dropped a lot of gems” during a recent interview including that her eldest son is obsessed with Venus flytraps.
Ms Fiortio said: “She is so into gardening, I think she talked about this at an event, she has spent a lot of time outside and the kids have spent a lot of time in the garden.
“I thought that was so on brand for Kate Middleton.”
Ms Bowie replied: “I loved that she dropped a lot of gems.
“She talked about how the kids are growing tomato plants and that Prince George is obsessed with Venus flytraps.
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“She also talked about her only outing during the pandemic other than this was to go food shopping.
“I think that it is just nice to get those little details about their lives and what it has been like at home.”
Last month Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussed Kate Middleton,Duchess of Cambridge‘s interview on This Morning where she discussed home-schooling her children during the lockdown period.
The Duchess stated that Prince George enjoyed helping Princess Charlotte with her homework but not as much as making “spider sandwiches”.
Ms Bowie joked: “I have no idea what a spider sandwich is, what is that?”
Ms Fiorito replied: “I don’t know I am assuming it means playing with bugs, I am so grossed out by spiders that I was dying with laughter.
“It makes sense, that is where his interest level is and they have so much outdoor space so I am reading that to be that he is somehow collecting spiders.
“Kate even seemed to find it hilarious when she was talking about it.”