Actress, activist and Duchess-to-be Meghan Markle has won the heart of Prince Harry, but it’s two adorable canines who really have hers.
Markle, who announced her whirlwind engagement to Harry of Wales in late November, is the dog mama to two rescued dogs named Guy and Bogart.
Always promoting the “adopt, don’t shop” motto from her Instagram page, Markle has shared some seriously sweet photos of her fur babies.
In a caption from a late 2016 featuring her smiling Beagle and Labrador mix, Markle writes, “My loves.”
Bogart, who was Markle’s first dog, came into her life thanks to none other than Ellen DeGeneres.
In an interview with Best Health, Markle shared that while visiting a rescue shelter in Los Angeles, she spotted the pup at the same time DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi were there.
“Now, I don’t know her, but Ellen goes ‘Is that your dog?’ And I said, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘You have to take that dog.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m deciding.’ And she’s like, ‘Rescue the dog!’” Markle recalled.
After holding him, DeGeneres asked what she’d name him, to which she responded, “Bogart.” As the comedian was getting ready to leave, she gave Markle one more tap on the glass of the room she was in and told her, “Take the dog!” and with that, she did.
The talk show host recently regaled the story to her viewers on her show, joking, “She does whatever I tell her to do, so Meghan: invite me to that wedding.” (Hey, can’t blame her for trying.)
That fateful meeting with DeGeneneres and, of course, Bogart, was life-changing for Markle, who fell head over heels for her first dog.
Once she realized that Bogart (now 3 years old) loved the company of other dogs, she wanted to get him a companion.
Markle told Best Health that she heard about a dog from Kentucky that was found in the woods and taken to a local shelter. When she met him, he wouldn’t respond to any name but “Little Guy” (which was on his paperwork), so it eventually became his name.
Guy, who Markle estimates is about 4 or 5 years old, has become Bogart’s BFF since being rescued. “They are thick as thieves, those two,” she says.
Fortunately for Guy and Bogart, Markle has already been welcomed into the royal family with open arms. And, well, paws. As it turns out, the Queen’s famous Corgis are already fans of hers.
In their first interview since getting engaged, Prince Harry shared that the Corgis took immediately to his fiancé.
“For the last 33 years, I’ve been barked at. This one walks in, and absolutely nothing!,” he said. “Just wagging tails.”
The Corgis even laid at Markle’s feet during teatime, which she said was “very sweet.”
While Bogart is currently staying with a close friend, Guy is currently in the U.K. with Markle, and both of her buddies will be moving into the couple’s Nottingham cottage.
Truly, a fairy tale ending for all.
Aly Semigran is a lifestyle writer for the world, and roommate of Ruby, the cutest dog in the world.