The Duchess of Cornwall is well known as the royal patron of the Moorland Mousie Trust, which is based at the Exmoor Pony Centre near Dulverton, on Exmoor. The connection comes from her love of the Exmoor Pony and because, as a child, she loved the book ‘Moorland Mousie’ which told tales of ponies living on Exmoor.
The book was reprinted this year (originally published 1929) and so the Duchess has recently mentioned ‘Moorland Mousie’ as a favourite – when asked by a campaign to promote child literacy. Yesterday the Telegraph reported that this might be seen as controversial – because hunting is featured in the text.
Perhaps the fact that the book is mentioned in the paper might helps sales! But surely the Duchess did not intend to create a platform for controversy, considering her passion for the book has been genuinely known for a long time.