Meghan Markle bans Prince Harry from attending Boxing Day pheasant shoot - report

Prince Harry will reportedly decline to attend the royal family's annual Boxing Day pheasant shoot this year, in order to avoid upsetting wife Meghan Markle.

According to multiple media outlets, Harry will not be joining his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William for the event, despite having attended it since he was 12. 

The Mirror reports that Meghan is a "principled animal lover" who put pressure on her husband to take a stand against the blood sport.

"He hardly ever misses the shoot, but he loves her so much," the tabloid quotes an unnamed source as saying.

The news comes after persistent rumours of tension within the royal family.

Several reports of rows between Meghan and Kate Middleton have added to the speculation, as well as the revelation that Harry and Meghan reneged on plans to live next door to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

"William sees this as another concerning example of his brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife," another source reportedly told The Mirror.

"Harry's always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers.

"But now it looks like Harry's shooting days are over. It's the latest point of contention between the Princes."

However, The Telegraph reports a "well-placed Kensington Palace source" has denied the rumours.

Over the weekend, it was confirmed that the 'Fab Four' would be spending Christmas Day together along with the Queen, despite reports of a growing rift.