Wildlife campaigners have described Prince William’s decision to go hunting just days before launching an anti-poaching crusade as ‘unfortunate’.
The future king led a meeting at London Zoo yesterday, in his role as President of United for Wildlife, to develop an international response to the slaughter of endangered animals for their body parts.
It was the prince’s first public appearance since spending the weekend at a Spanish hunting lodge owned by one of the richest men in the country, the Duke of Westminster, shooting wild boar and stag.
Finca La Garganta in rural Cordoba spans 37,000 acres, and is one of the most exclusive hunting estates in western Europe.
He and his brother Harry flew out last Thursday, along with a group of friends including Jecca Craig, whom Prince William is rumoured to have dated in the past.