Meghan Markle dog: The sweet reason behind Harry and Meghan’s rescue dog’s name

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MEGHAN MARKLE’S dog, which she shares with Prince Harry, entered the family before baby Archie was born in 2018, but the public hasn’t known its name until now.

Meghan Markle celebrates her 39th birthday today with Prince Harry and their son, Archie Mountbatten in Los Angeles. The couple will likely spend a day out of the limelight, as they have done in previous years, opting for a close family celebration. While the public will know little of the occasion, some new details have come to light about another member of the family, their black Labrador.

Prince Harry and Meghan adopted the dog in August 2018, just after their summer wedding.

Although the first member of their new family, the couple never revealed their name.

But royal biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand revealed their pet’s name in their upcoming book Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.

Per a recently released extract from the publication, their dog’s name is allegedly Pula.

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Meghan Markle dog: The sweet reason behind Harry and Meghan rescue dog’s name (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle dog: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle dog: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry went to Botswana on an early date (Image: GETTY)

The book also described the significance behind the name for the couple.

The chosen name for the Labrador is a hark back to an early getaway, their first as a couple in fact.

Pula is the name given to the currency of Botswana, the destination of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first holiday away together in 2016.

The trip formed a stunning backdrop for their third date, and Pula is a living reminder of this.

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Meghan Markle dog: The couple’s dog name harks back to a special occasion for them (Image: GETTY)

Pula also translates to rain in Setswana, as it is seen as valuable as the currency due to its scarcity.

The couple made a follow-up trip to Botswana in 2017 when they aided natural conservation by lending a hand to Dr Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders.

So the name has multiple meanings to the couple, but Pula isn’t their only dog.

Their other dog, Guy, was first owned by the Duchess of Sussex before she entered the Royal Family.\

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Meghan Markle dog: Meghan Markle patronises dog charity Mayhew (Image: GETTY)

Guy joined Pula on their journey to Los Angeles, but Meghan Markle’s other dog, Bogart, did not.

The Labrador-shepherd cross stayed in Canada “living with friends” when the Duchess moved to the UK in 2017.

The reason why remains unconfirmed, with insiders saying he was too old.

One insider told the Sun they made the decision because Bogart “didn’t like Harry”.

The Duchess’ dogs were also rescues, and she has a demonstrated interest in pet adoption.

She recently penned a letter to her royal patronage, animal charity Mayhew, in which she thanked the organisation and renewed her commitment.

The letter read: “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, staff and students at Mayhew.

“As an expression of my own commitment, I renewed my sponsorship of a dog kennel in the name of our son, Archie, to create an interim home for a pet in need.

“I hope you will show them your support in whatever ways you can. When you do, you will be contributing not just to animal welfare but to the shared welfare of us all.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK