Prince Harry will miss out on the traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot with his brother Prince William to avoid upsetting his animal-loving wife Meghan.

Harry has taken part in the family event for more than 20 years, but Meghan strongly opposes blood sports and refuses to wear fur.

Harry and Prince William have enjoyed hunting together over the years and it has provided them with the opportunity to strengthen their brotherly bond.

Now Royal watchers fear that Harry's absence will only serve to deepen the reported tensions between the siblings and their wives.

Meghan's aversion to hunting is believed to have first caused issues last year, when Harry reportedly took part in a wild boar hunt in Germany. Realising his then-girlfriend ‘wasn't happy,’ he declined to join the Boxing Day hunt last year – before missing the grouse hunt at Balmoral three months ago.

Insiders say that Harry has changed hugely since meeting his wife.

He has also become more distant from the group of friends he grew up with.

Fashion-conscious Meghan has influenced his dress sense – with Harry becoming increasingly eco-conscious.