- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The British royal family sparked criticism this week after 4-year-old Prince George was photographed playing with a toy gun at a polo match in Gloucestershire.

Duchess Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were camped out on the grass watching Prince William play in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy on Sunday when the 4-year-old heir to the throne was pictured pretending to shoot other children with a toy gun that had an orange indicator.

The toy was part of a toy police kit that the boy won at a fair and also included a fake knife, a pair of plastic handcuffs and walkie-talkies, according to reports.

Twitter users criticized the images as “tone-deaf” in light of the rapid increase in violent crime in the country. Others came the family’s defense.

While overall crime is down, England and Wales have experienced a 22 percent increase in knife crime and a 11 percent rise in gun crime since 2016.

Kensington Palace has not commented on the backlash.

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