Photos of 4-year-old Prince George of England playing with a plastic toy gun have stirred controversy online.

The pictures were taken during the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club, in Gloucestershire where the future King of England’s father played in the match.

Mainstream media outlets and Twitter users were quick to blast the prince’s mother, Kate Middleton, and his father, Prince William, for allowing George to play with the toy.

The Daily Mirror ran a headline saying, “Outrage as Prince George plays with toy gun and knife on family day out amid surge in violence.”

The twitter user below said the toy, with a bright orange cap on the end of the barrel, looked too realistic.

Not everyone was offended by the child’s toy selection, as many Twitter users came to the royal family’s defense.

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