Meghan may have a cow over this: Prince Harry is slammed for attending Texas rodeo despite his wife’s animal rights activism
- Prince Harry, 37, was spotted attending the Stockyards Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday with little media attention around him
- One attendee said they were surprised to spot the incognito Duke given it was an event were animals are forced to perform and his wife’s animal rights activism
- Meghan Markle, 40, is a long-time animal rights’ advocate who has backed the London-based Mayhew Trust charity
- She was also reportedly influenced Harry to give up on the royal families traditional hunts going as far back as when they dated in 2017
The Duke of Sussex was spotted attending a Texas rodeo over the weekend despite his wife’s longtime animal rights activism.
Prince Harry, 37, was pictured attending the Stockyards Rodeo event in Fort Worth on Saturday dressed in a cowboy hat that left the royal looking like a local buckeroo.
One attendee told DailyMail.com exclusively that three people who recognized him were shocked that he was there.
‘It’s a quintessentially American event, where animals are made to perform,’ the source said.
‘Given he has such a lack of respect for the first amendment and his wife is such an animal rights activist – it is shocking he thought he could show his face here,’ the source added, referencing the time Harry called the First Amendment ‘bonkers .’
‘The funny thing is most people didn’t recognize him or care.’
Harry was seen at the event without Meghan Markle, 40, an animal rights activist who reportedly talked him out of attending the royal family’s annual fox hunts since 2017.
Prince Harry (top center) was pictured attending the Stockyards Rodeo event in Fort Worth on Saturday, where many attendees didn’t recognize him
Harry (left) and wife Meghan Markle were last seen in public at the President’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards last month.
Many said they were shocked to see Harry at an event where ‘animals are made to perform’
Meghan’s aversion to hunting is believed to have first caused issues within the royal family in 2017, when Harry reportedly took part in a wild boar hunt in Germany.
Realizing his then-girlfriend ‘wasn’t happy,’ he declined to join the Boxing Day hunt that year – and continued to avoid the event the subsequent years.
Meghan, who is a patron of the London-based Mayhew Trust animal charity, often speaks out about animal rights and ending animal cruelty.
She is so keen on the Mayhew that she undertook a ‘secret’ trip to the sanctuary for cats and dogs last January before leaving the UK for Canada.
She also made an official visit while pregnant with son Archie in 2019. At its premises she has cuddled pets and chatted with staff and volunteers.
In 2020, Mayhew’s media officer, Satah Hastelow told Newsweek that Meghan has ‘been such a champion of animals and animal welfare. It’s always been a passion of hers.’
Attendees at the rodeo wondered what it means for Meghan, an animal rights activist. She is pictured at the Mayhew Trust animal charity in 2019
Meghan has been a long-time advocate calling for an end to animal cruelty and whose influence reportedly led Harry to stop joining in the royal family’s fox hunts
Mayhew officials have called Meghan a ‘champion’ of animal welfare
Prince Harry’s last major solo outing was at the Super Bow last month. He is pictured at the Rams’ locker room following their victory
Harry’s appearance at the rodeo came on the heels of he and Meghan attending the NAACP awards on February 26, where they accepted the President’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards.
The Duke, wearing a tuxedo as he stood next to Meghan in a bright blue dress, said he was grateful for being honored by the NAACP and that he and his wife were meant to be together to help others despite their supposed differences.
‘I think it’s safe to say that I come from a very different background from my incredible wife, yet our lives were brought together for a reason.
‘We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to combat injustice and a belief that the most often overlooked are the most important to listen to.’
The couple also paid tribute to the conflict in Ukraine, saying: ‘We would like to acknowledge the people of Ukraine, who urgently need our continued support as a global community.’
Harry’s last major solo outing was when he was spotted attending the Super Bowl last month and celebrating in the Rams’ locker room following their victory