The Royal Family do some strange things.
In 2008, it was revealed that Prince George’s great-grandmother donated money to Songbird Survival.
Earlier this year the Queen was revealed to have donated to a charity helping gamekeepers.
The Queen has a large private income and she is entitled to do with it what she likes. The fact that these private donations make their way into the national papers suggests that either others are breaking confidences to use the Queen’s name to attempt to bolster the flagging reputation of game shooting or that she is a willing assistant in this aim.
Balmoral is set within an area that can only be described as a wildlife crime hotspot. We never hear the Royals condemning wildlife crime on grouse moors or in any other context involving shooting by the rich and landed community of which they are a part. Condemnation of illegal killing of wildlife is restricted to what happens in foreign lands and yet wildlife crime is an issue in the Royals’ own neighbourhood (see here, here, here).
‘Whilst animals continue to be killed by criminals, whilst whole species are poached to extinction, we will join together to ask one simple question: Whose side are you on?‘ – Prince William