Royal Travel: Prince Philip came under fire for his passtime on a royal tour in India (Image: Getty)
Prince Philip shares his hobby of animal hunting with many of the royal family. The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, is believed to have one of the highest kill rates of the royals. According to Mail Online, the Queen’s husband has shot one tiger, two crocodiles as well as wild boar and stags, rabbits, ducks and pheasants. Yet it was during one trip to India’s Jaipur region that his controversial passtime came to the fore.
Philip was invited to a special tiger shoot, during which a buffalo was being used as bait.
Outlining the divisive incident, which took place on an official royal tour, royal biographer Robert Hardman wrote: “The Maharajah was very clear about the main purpose of the visit: The Duke of Edinburgh was going to shoot a tiger.
“At the very moment the Duke was in the process of establishing the World Wildlife Fund, which would be founded four months later.
“Yet in the India of 1961, the tiger was still seen as a desirable pest and very desirable trophy.
“There was certainly no secrecy about the exercise.
Royal Travel: The Queen and her husband were on tour in India (Image: Getty)
“Day and night the Queen, the Duke and their hosts waited in a machine or tree platform while 200 beaters