Prince William and Catherine are being accused of animal cruelty after they released a photo of Prince George sharing a treat with his dog Lupo.

While many were delighted to see new photos of Prince George, who celebrated his third birthday last week, others were not impressed.

In the collection of images, Prince George can be seen offering Lupo a lick of what appears to be flavoured ice cream with a white chocolate topping.

Animal cruelty campaigners have criticised the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for letting their son give the black spaniel the treat.

Experts say dogs are allergic to dairy, as they are deficient in the digestion of dairy and chocolate is harmful as it contains theobromine which is too to animals.

A spokesman for the Royal SPCA told the Daily Mail ‘’It is lovely that Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog, Lupo, cool in these high temperatures.

“[But] we would advise people to be cautious when giving their dogs food meant for human consumption as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs and dairy items can be difficult for them to digest.

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“Instead of ice cream we would suggest making an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients. Making these can be really fun for children and the end product is both safe and enjoyable for dogs.”

Commentators on Twitter have called the couple ‘’monarchist monsters’’ with another saying George should ‘go to prison’.

The images of Prince George were shared on Twitter with the caption ‘’The Duke and Duchess thank everyone for all the lovely birthday messages they have received for Prince George. Can’t believe it’s been three years already!”

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