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


Maria P
Maria P2 months ago

Thank you

Fred L
Fred L2 months ago

Good for her. Now, maybe she can transfer some of her compassion for animals to her trophy hunting husband.

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michela c2 months ago

Thank you Meg

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Caitlin L2 months ago

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Anna R2 months ago

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