Meghan Markle Has a Royal Passion for Rescue Dogs

Ever since their engagement was announced, Prince Harry’s bride-to-be Meghan Markle has been getting a lot of attention — mostly for being American, divorced, biracial and an actress.

If you follow her Instagram account, you know that Markle is also the devoted dog mom of two rescues: a six(ish)-year-old beagle named Guy and her first pet, a five(ish)-year-old Labrador/shepherd mix named Bogart.

Oh, my boys. This pic says it all. Bogart & Guy. 😂 #adoptdontshop #thelookonbogartsface

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In true Hollywood style, it was Ellen DeGeneres who convinced Markle to adopt Bogart when they both happened to be at the same animal shelter in Los Angeles.

“She turns around and comes and taps on the window glass, and she yells, ‘Take the dog!’” Markle recalled in a BBC News interview with her and Prince Harry. “And so I brought him home. Because Ellen told me to.”

A year or so later, when she was living in Toronto, Markle decided Bogart needed a four-legged companion. Guy was driven up from Kentucky, where he’d been rescued in the woods.

“His paperwork from the pound just said, ‘The little guy,’ and I tried [some names] but he wasn’t responding to anything, so I said, ‘Little guy,’ and I think he was so used to people calling him it that he responded,” Markle told Best Health last year. “So I said, ‘Your name will now be Guy.’”

Bath time. They’re over the moon. Can you tell? #adoptdontshop

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Although Markle has said her two dogs mean the absolute world to her, only one of them, Guy, has accompanied her to her new home in Nottingham Cottage, on the grounds of Kensington Palace. In the BBC News interview, Markle said the beagle was “doing just fine,” while Bogart was “staying with very close friends” in Toronto.

Apparently, it’s not on a temporary basis. “This is a permanent decision that Meghan made on her own — not an easy one at that,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson told The Blast.

Why did she have to make such a difficult decision? “It takes a toll on an animal to travel so far across Atlantic combined with the hard, long process of getting approval,” was all the spokesperson would say. “It’s in the best interest of the animal’s well-being to stay.”

A lot of people on social media are wondering why Markle would leave her beloved Bogart behind — even if it was to marry a prince.

Meanwhile, Markle is already making new dog friends with the corgis and dorgis (dachshund/corgi mixes) belonging to her future grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. They took to Markle immediately when the couple joined the queen for tea, Prince Harry said in the BBC News interview.

“I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at,” he said. “[Markle] walks in, absolutely nothing. Just wagging tails, and I was like, ‘Argh.’”

Markle added that a few of the corgis were “just laying on my feet during tea. It was very sweet.”

Prince Harry’s stepmother Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwell, is also a dog lover. She serves as the patron of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, from which she adopted two Jack Russell terriers, Beth and Bluebell.

Markle, who is retiring from acting, will become a fourth patron of The Royal Foundation, a charity founded by her fiancé and his dad and stepmom that supports worthy causes like animal conservation.

Here’s hoping there’s a way for Bogart to join his dog mom, best friend Guy and new dog dad in the UK. And here’s hoping that Markle, who frequently uses the hashtag #adoptdontshop on her Instagram account, will maybe be able to convince her future grandmother-in-law that her next corgi should be a rescue.

Photo credit: meghanmarkle/Instagram

157 comments

Derek Nash
Derek Nash6 hours ago

If she can leave a pet behind then she is no animal lover - she certainly won't be when she 'joins' the British Royal Family who murder animals for sport, including Prince Harry! I have a much, much better idea - Meghan Markle herself should stay in America! Lets face it, an American divorcee marries a British prince - now where have we heard that one before? If Prince Harry had bothered to look harder he could have found a decent British girl to marry but I doubt any would suit his self-imposed 'playboy' image. It obviously takes an American 'actress' to snare him and anyone with common sense knows exactly why she wants to marry him but as an actress she'll be able to 'fool' the gullible. The most annoying aspect is the enormous cost to the British taxpayer when they marry and the fact we won't get a single penny back when they divorce. She is American, divorced, biracial and an actress - and some 30 years ago she would certainly have been deemed 'unacceptable' for a Royal prince to marry but the Royal Family now try pathetically to pretend to be modern but I would imagine the Queen is seething behind closed doors!

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Czerny A
Czerny A9 days ago

Once a dog or cat joins my household, he's in until the bitter end. I bond very tightly with all my furry friends; leaving one would feel like an amputation. Who cares what Markle does?

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Chad A
Chad A9 days ago

I am not a royalist, but I hope she can do some good.

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ANA MARIJA R
ANA MARIJA R9 days ago

Giving up from family member??! Not my choice... but thats only me

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Sheila S
Sheila S10 days ago

Could not have been easy to decide to place Bogart elsewhere. I am certain she is doing what is in the dog's best interest. Some of you need to get off your high horses!

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Past Member
Past Member 10 days ago

Mmm, very often people aren't what they are portrayed as in the media.... I have 8 rescue dogs and my rule is that once you take on the responsibility for an animal, its for life !

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Ildi E
Ildi E11 days ago

Giving up cats and dogs is like giving up children! What type of a low life would ask this from anyone to sacrifice their loved one for "love". This is not love, this is power, controlling and selfish attitude. No one should abandon their pets for a gilded cage!

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bob P
bob P11 days ago

Nice article thanks

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darcia hurst
darcia hurst11 days ago

I thought this would be a nice story but instead she is abandoning one of the fogs! Just another jerk

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Petra Demmers
Petra Demmers11 days ago

Very nice (not) If she noe stops the British Royal Family from hunting, she would really do a great job and would gain more respect from me.

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