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Prince Harry Slays Rare Bird?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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The British tabs are in a pun-tastic frenzy today over Prince Harry's latest brush with scandal, calling him a "Big Shot" over allegations that he may have been present at the shooting death of a rare pair of breeding hen harriers, of which there are said to be only 40 left in England.

The incident, which occurred as Harry and a toffy pal were shooting pheasant on the royal estate at Sandrigham, has drawn the ire of conservation groups and would presumably displease Harry's dad, Prince Charles, who is an avid conservationist and rather outspoken on matters of the environment. At least in some cases.

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Much hooplah was made several weeks ago when Charles invited Prince William's paramour to go deer stalking on the royal estate at Balmoral, a move which was seen to cement Kate Middleton's role as princess-in-training. Because while Charles is more than happy to crusade for organic shortbread or fight for "green buildings," nothing affirms royal bonds like riddling furry and fuzzy animals with hot lead. Perhaps papa won't be so hard on Harry after all.


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