Meghan joins royals (including Kate) for Boxing Day shooting feast

Meghan the animal lover puts her hatred of bloodsports aside as she joins royals - including Kate as relations thaw further - for Boxing Day shooting feast

  • The Duchess of Sussex joined the Royal Family for a shooting lunch yesterday 
  • Meghan arrived for 'cold cuts' Boxing Day feast after Harry had been shooting 
  • It was previously claimed that Meghan had ‘banned’ Harry from the shoot

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 17:05 EST, 26 December 2018 | Updated: 17:15 EST, 26 December 2018

The Duchess of Sussex joined the Royal Family for a shooting lunch yesterday, despite claims she opposes bloodsports.

Meghan, who is expecting her first child in the spring, arrived for the ‘cold cuts’ Boxing Day feast after her husband, Prince Harry, had spent the morning bagging pheasants with his father Prince Charles and brother William.

It was previously claimed that Meghan had ‘banned’ Harry from the shoot.

Meghan attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham
Meghan attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham

Meghan attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham

Meghan was joined by the Duchess of Cambridge in another sign of solidarity between the two after weeks of reports about their awkward relationship.

As the men finished their shoot, the wives were driven to Sandringham’s Wood Farm to join the Queen and Prince Philip.

A buffet of cold meats, hot sausages, soup and salads was laid out, as well as spirits and tea to warm up the shooters, which this year also included Prince Andrew and his son-in-law Jack Brooksbank. Princess Eugenie joined her new husband and the others for lunch too.

An insider said: ‘There is a special de-robing room and they all go in there and take off their muddy clothes and boots. Then they go into a side room which is specially designed for shooting parties where they toddle around in their socks helping themselves to lunch.

Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at St Mary Magdalene's church
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at St Mary Magdalene's church

Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at St Mary Magdalene's church

There were rumours that Prince Harry had been banned from the shoot by Meghan. Pictured: Prince Harry on a shoot in 2009
There were rumours that Prince Harry had been banned from the shoot by Meghan. Pictured: Prince Harry on a shoot in 2009

There were rumours that Prince Harry had been banned from the shoot by Meghan. Pictured: Prince Harry on a shoot in 2009

‘The whole thing is incredibly relaxed and everyone is normally in a great mood. The Queen will be delighted that Kate and Meghan have sorted out their problems and that the year has ended on a high with the whole family in harmony.’

This month it was claimed that animal-lover Meghan had banned Harry from taking part in bloodsports. But as the Daily Mail revealed yesterday, he had every intention of joining the annual Boxing Day shoot.

He has been shooting at Sandringham since he was 12 and has become a crack shot, killing deer and wild boar as well as pheasant and grouse.

The wives were driven to Sandringham’s Wood Farm (pictured) to join the Queen and Prince Philip
The wives were driven to Sandringham’s Wood Farm (pictured) to join the Queen and Prince Philip

The wives were driven to Sandringham’s Wood Farm (pictured) to join the Queen and Prince Philip

Single mother who snapped famous photo of the 'fab four' enjoys a chinwag at Sandringham with pregnant Meghan (who hints that she's 'nearly there') 

By Unity Blott for MailOnline 

The single mother who took the now-famous photo of the 'fab four' on Christmas Day at Sandringham has done it again. 

Karen Anvil, 40, from Norfolk, shot to fame after capturing William, Kate, Harry and Meghan walking to church last year and claims to have raked in £40,000 from the snap. 

And she was back to her old tricks again this week, snapping the royal family walking to St Mary Magdalene Church - and even having a chin wag with the pregnant Duchess of Sussex, who hinted that she is 'nearly there'.

In one frame Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry next spring, can be seen smiling broadly as she chats to the waiting crowds.

Meghan can be seen holding her baby bump as she speaks to wellwishers in Sandringham
Meghan can be seen holding her baby bump as she speaks to wellwishers in Sandringham

Meghan can be seen holding her baby bump as she speaks to wellwishers in Sandringham

Not long now! Amateur photographer Karen Anvil enjoys a chin wag with the pregnant Duchess of Sussex, who hinted that she is 'nearly there', at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, on Christmas Day
Not long now! Amateur photographer Karen Anvil enjoys a chin wag with the pregnant Duchess of Sussex, who hinted that she is 'nearly there', at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, on Christmas Day

Not long now! Amateur photographer Karen Anvil enjoys a chin wag with the pregnant Duchess of Sussex, who hinted that she is 'nearly there', at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, on Christmas Day

Single mother managed to recreate last year's 'fab four' photo with an oblivious Charles obscuring Harry and Meghan from view (pictured L-R: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St. Mary Magdalene Church on 25 December)
Single mother managed to recreate last year's 'fab four' photo with an oblivious Charles obscuring Harry and Meghan from view (pictured L-R: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St. Mary Magdalene Church on 25 December)

Single mother managed to recreate last year's 'fab four' photo with an oblivious Charles obscuring Harry and Meghan from view (pictured L-R: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St. Mary Magdalene Church on 25 December)

Money maker! The single mother who took this world-famous photo of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan at Sandringham last year revealed she has made £40,000 from the snap
Money maker! The single mother who took this world-famous photo of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan at Sandringham last year revealed she has made £40,000 from the snap

Money maker! The single mother who took this world-famous photo of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan at Sandringham last year revealed she has made £40,000 from the snap

Recalling her brief conversation with the former actress this week, Karen said: 'I said congratulations on your baby and she said, "Thank you.'" 

'I then asked her if she was excited and she said "Yes we are, we're nearly there" as she cradled her bump. 

'I told her to enjoy every moment as being a mother is the best feeling. She smiled said thank you, and moved on.'

She even managed to recreate last year's 'fab four' photo - albeit with an oblivious Prince of Wales obscuring Harry and Meghan from view. 

Royal fan: Karen Anvil, left, had been waiting in the crowd with daughter Rachel, right, in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royals on their way into church on Christmas morning
Royal fan: Karen Anvil, left, had been waiting in the crowd with daughter Rachel, right, in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royals on their way into church on Christmas morning

Royal fan: Karen Anvil, left, had been waiting in the crowd with daughter Rachel, right, in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royals on their way into church on Christmas morning

Ms Anvil also snapped images of newlyweds Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Ms Anvil also snapped images of newlyweds Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sandringham on Christmas Day
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sandringham on Christmas Day

Ms Anvil also snapped images of newlyweds Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, left, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, right, at Sandringham on Christmas Day

Ms Anvil was one of hundreds who braved the cold to get a glimpse of the royal family as they walked to church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk on 25 December last year.

After screaming to attract attention, Ms Anvil, who had two jobs at the time, snapped a candid picture of the 'fab four' that was quickly distributed to publications around the world - and has subsequently helped her rake in £40,000. 

Over the last year, royalties have brought Ms Anvil a regular monthly income of between £600 and £6,000 - and she said she's earned enough money to clear her debts, take a year off work and 'do up' her council house. 

Describing the experience as 'like a lottery win', Ms Anvil, of Norfolk, told the BBC: 'The biggest change for me was that it was so nice to go shopping at Tesco and not be worried about whether I've got the cash in the bank.' 

Karen chatted to Meghan outside the church, pictured
Karen chatted to Meghan outside the church, pictured
Recalling her brief conversation with the former actress this week, Karen said: ' I said congratulations on your baby and she said, "Thank you'"
Recalling her brief conversation with the former actress this week, Karen said: ' I said congratulations on your baby and she said, "Thank you'"

Karen chatted to Meghan outside the church, pictured. Recalling her brief conversation with the former actress this week, Karen said: ' I said congratulations on your baby and she said, "Thank you'"

Recalling her conversation with Meghan yesterday, Ms Anvil 'said: 'I asked her if she was excited and she said "Yes we are, we're nearly there" as she cradled her bump'
Recalling her conversation with Meghan yesterday, Ms Anvil 'said: 'I asked her if she was excited and she said "Yes we are, we're nearly there" as she cradled her bump'
The Duchess of Sussex outside the church
The Duchess of Sussex outside the church

Recalling her conversation with Meghan yesterday, Ms Anvil 'said: 'I asked her if she was excited and she said "Yes we are, we're nearly there" as she cradled her bump'

One of the first purchases she made was a bed, having slept on a mattress on the floor for 18 months.  

Ms Anvil had been waiting outside the church with daughter Rachel in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royals on their way in.   

Photographers from around the world jostled for position to capture a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the then newly engaged Harry and Meghan - but it was Ms Anvil who trumped them all.  

By 'screaming like a fan girl', Ms Anvil was able to draw looks from both Kate, 36, and Harry, 34, who are both smiling staring straight at her lens in the shot. 

Meanwhile William, 36, and Meghan, 37, are striding ahead with broad smiles on their faces. 

Prime position: Ms Anvil, pictured third from left in a blue coat, waited with daughter Rachel, seen on her left, in the hope of seeing the royals. She snapped a photo as they walked past
Prime position: Ms Anvil, pictured third from left in a blue coat, waited with daughter Rachel, seen on her left, in the hope of seeing the royals. She snapped a photo as they walked past

Prime position: Ms Anvil, pictured third from left in a blue coat, waited with daughter Rachel, seen on her left, in the hope of seeing the royals. She snapped a photo as they walked past

She uploaded the photo and by 5pm that day it had gone viral. It has since been sold to publications in countries around the world, with requests from Japan, the US, Canada, Spain and Italy all coming through. 

In a tweet earlier this year, Ms Anvil told how she had spoken to Prince Harry about the photo when she met the royal during a walkabout in Birmingham. 

She wrote: 'Got to speak to Meghan today! Also shook Prince Harry's hand and asked him if he liked the Xmas photo! He said he hoped I made lots of money from it! I'm absolutely buzzing!'

The proud mother previously said some of the money will go towards her daughter's education.  

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