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


Jetana A
Jetana A14 days ago

Good to see the Royals switching from purebreds to rescues. I hope they'll stop hunting and patronizing horse racing also!

Nicole H

My greatest thanks for the nice and compassionate comments go to Ch b /Beverly F / Denise S / Deborrah S / Lori Hone / Annabel Bedini / Winn A / Oliver m / Lucy S / Herbert C / Roslyn Mcbride / Roberta E / Roberta G / Colin C / Margaret B / Patrick Donovan / Reiqh K :/ Susanne Wiesneth / Tom P / Wesley Struebing / M s / Sheila S, and some I may have overlooked. It is not good for mankind that we tend to think so easily negatively about someone. My heart is hurt !!

Nicole H

I took some time to overlook the 185 comments. I really fear for the future of mankind when I see all the dirty, disgusting things about Meghan and Prince Harry. Some of you conclude that she abandoned Bogart. NO, she did not ! Neither did she put him back in a shelter !!! Nor did she bring him to the vet to euthanize him !! I am still believing that each person has some compassion and love in their heart. Leaving your old dog with a friend or someone you know very well, instead of taking him with you to another country must have had his reasons. I DO NOT believe that she left him there, just to get rid of him !! I think she shed quite some tears when leaving him there . Very rarely we left our German Shepherd with my good friend, when we went to the coast for a weekend because so little hotels accept big dogs. I always cried when leaving him, and each day I called her to ask how my sweetheart was doing. Suggesting to take a private jet : my God, really ?? What comments would you have made then spending so much money for transport of a dog ?? Or by ship ?? How do you mean ? I doubt there are still passenger ships from the U.K. to the U.S.A. and vice versa, who can accommodate dogs And putting him on a container ship is no option either I think. The dog she still has is also a rescued dog. So please, don't knock anyone down if you don't know what is effectively behind the decision. Being so hard hearted will not help our so

Nicole Heindryckx

@ M s : thanks vm for your nice comments on this article. Thanks God there are still some people who have not only anger and hatred in their hearts. There should be more like you, Sheila S, myself and some others... Don't condemn until you know for 100 % the full and real story behind her decision, and certainly, there is no need to knock her down for being American, biracial, divorced, etc.. etc.. etc..

Nicole Heindryckx

@ Sheila S : So glad I finally see someone who is reasoning decently. What a heap of trash to say she is not an animal lover because she left her adopted dog Bogart with someone else, and did not bring hem over to the U.K. Why do people always have to see the "bad side" of someone's decision, they don't even know. Because she is American ? Because she is divorced ? Because she is biracial ? MY GOD, there are millions as she is. I always try to see the good side in someone's decision. So I think she thoroughly considered the matter, and finally took the decision, which in her opinion, is the best for Bogart. There will never be peace on this f..king world if everybody keeps thinking like the most of you do. This hurts me so much !!

sheena a
sheena arsenault20 days ago

Thank you for posting.

Berenice Guedes de Sá

I hope this is for real and not a representation to be more popular!!!

Jeramie D
Jeramie D24 days ago

Maybe she can get the Royal family to stop hunting

Kelly S
Past Member 24 days ago

2 bad she marrying an animal hunter murderer for money so she doesn't have 2 work

Helene L
Helene L28 days ago

Now can she stops her royal fiance to hunt and butcher for fun?