Kate Middleton is to take up deer-stalking as a serious pastime â€“ a move likely to infuriate animal rights campaigners already enraged that she shoots game.
Prince William recently bought his girlfriend shooting paraphernalia, including a Swarovski stalking scope, for her birthday and it was believed that Kate is now looking forward to her first stalk.
Kate is already an impressive shot and I recently revealed how she helped choose a gundog for Prince Williamâ€™s Christmas present.
A source revealed: “Kate happily accompanies beaters while the Princes shoot pheasants, but this season she has been more keen to stand at the pegs with the guns. Now sheâ€™s looking forward to bagging her first set of Royal antlers.”
Sources say Kate has booked in some summer-season deer-stalking target practice at an estate close to her parentsâ€™ home in Berkshire and has decided to take up her boyfriendâ€™s hobby so that they can spend more time together. It seems Kate has yet to be â€˜bloodedâ€™, a ritual that involves a hunterâ€™s forehead being smeared with the blood of their first kill.
The source added: “This is another transition into the Royal fold. You canâ€™t marry one of the boys without loving their lifestyle and hobbies.”
Kate’s decision to take up shooting may have been influenced by her sister Pippa who, as I revealed in November, bagged several birds on a trip with chums in Perthshire.