updated 10/31/2007 4:06:10 AM ET 2007-10-31T08:06:10

Police questioned Prince Harry over the shooting of two threatened birds of prey near a royal estate in eastern England, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.

The Norfolk Constabulary says it is investigating a possible wildlife offense after a member of the public reported that two hen harriers were shot Wednesday on the edge of Sandringham Estate, a royal country retreat about 110 miles north of London.

Buckingham Palace said Harry and a friend were in the area at the time and that police have asked if they knew anything about the alleged incident.

The palace, which did not identify the friend, said neither knew anything about it.

Hen harriers are classified as globally threatened by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which says the bird is often targeted by hunters. It estimates that there are only 521 breeding pairs of hen harriers left in Britain.

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