Kate Middleton sparked controversy after making a shocking move to please the royal family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their time when they were still courting. It took years before Middleton was given the official status of “girlfriend” by the royal family.

In 2007, the duchess reportedly tried very hard to please the members of the Firm, so she decided to go deer stalking since the royal family is fond of hunting. Unfortunately, Middleton’s move was deemed “shocking and abhorrent” and sparked a huge controversy among anti-blood campaigners.

“It is shocking and abhorrent that she is engaging in blood sports,” the spokesman for campaign group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said.

“Kate is obviously trying to endear herself to the Royal Family and her decision will do her no favours whatsoever.”

Middleton was even pictured in a camouflage gear bagging her first “kill.” She was accompanied by Prince Charles who showed her the ropes and two ghillies. According to eyewitnesses, Prince William’s then-girlfriend “showed a remarkable level of confidence.”

In 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were slammed after taking their eldest son Prince George to grouse hunting. Netizens found the parents’ move of involving their 5-year-old son to activities involving killing an animal “horrible” and “disgusting.”

Many online users were sad and angry. Some were concerned that Prince George would grow up without empathy for animals.

Unlike Middleton, her sister-in-law Meghan Markle is an animal advocate. Both Prince William and Prince Harry are keen hunters, but the Duchess of Sussex reportedly asked her husband to stop hunting.

Grouse hunting has become a family tradition to the royals and this is among their favorite pursuits. They never skip the Boxing Day shoot and other related activities.

However, Prince Harry missed it for the first time in 2017 and many believed that he intentionally did it because he didn’t want to upset Markle. At the time, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already engaged.

“Harry loves it and has always been out there on Boxing Day. But if it means breaking with long-standing royal traditions to avoid upsetting her, so be it,” one source said.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King's College to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus on March 19, 2019 in London, England. Getty Images/Paul Grover