ENVIRONMENTALIST and TV presenter Chris Packham vowed to take on the Royal Family about hunting when he collects a CBE from Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles and Prince William have both taken part in hunts, as well as Prince Harry, much to the annoyance of his wife Meghan Markle. They have been seen out shooting as well as attending the traditional New Year’s Day hunt, the Beaufort. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, attended the Boxing Day hunt with her husband last year to try to shoot pheasants, partridges, and ducks, but Meghan was not in attendance.
The Duchess of Sussex is against blood sports and has two rescue dogs. She is also a passionate vegan.
Mr Packham, 57, the BBC Two host of Winterwatch, wants to raise the controversial subject after being named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to nature conservation.
Mr Packham said: “There will be lots of cheeky little words, I assure you.
“You don’t get many opportunities in life, and sometimes people are a little bit shy, but if I meet someone of influence I will use that opportunity.
“I don’t care if it’s a bit clumsy, I don’t care if it can be deemed inappropriate.
“It’s important to say something.”
Mr Packham, who is vice-president of the RSPB and the RSPCA is well known for hosting nature programmes on television.
He shot to fame as the spike-haired children’s television presenter on the Really Wild Show with the late Terry Nutkins and Michaela Strachan.
He said he “took some advice” about accepting the CBE, but did so as it was for his conservation work rather than his broadcasting career.
Packham, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has praised the Royal Family for its own work in raising awareness about mental health problems.
He said: ”One of the positives of the Royal Family is that they have been talking openly and honestly about their mental health issues, such as Prince William and Prince Harry dealing with their mother’s tragic death.
“That’s just the sort of bravery that I’m talking about, having the courage to come out and talk about things that will change us.
“So I’m very flattered by the offer of a CBE and I hope to use it to open more doors and have more conversations.”
The TV presenter’s sister, Jenny Packham, is one of Kate Middleton’s favourite designers.
She is often seen wearing the London designer’s dresses at Royal events.