Sure, the royal wedding was about as romantic of a spectacle you can get, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any drawbacks to becoming the Duchess of Sussex. For Meghan Markle, becoming part of the royal family has also meant she’s had to make a few sacrifices—leaving behind not only her career in acting, but also one of her one of the two “loves” she’s said “mean[s] the absolute world” to her: her rescue labrador-shepherd mix, who’s named Bogart.
As for the other one of the two “loves” in Markle’s life, she actually wasn’t referring to her husband, Prince Harry, but her other rescue dog: Guy, a beagle who’s in fact lived in two different countries before adding a third to his roster now that he’s moved into Kensington Palace. Before he was making headlines for hitching a pre-wedding ride with the Queen—a heartwarming but not exactly true story, but we’ll get to that later—Guy was living alone in the woods of Kentucky, and then a kill shelter. A few days before he was set to be euthanized, though, the ultimate saviors—a group of charitable Canadians—stepped in, kicking off Guy’s newfound lifestyle of getting the royal treatment.
Upon hearing of his situation, the Ontario-based nonprofit A Dog’s Dream Rescue found a “group of dog lovers” willing to take one-hour turns driving the pup all the way up to Toronto. Before long, Markle met him at “a normal run of the mill adoption event.” (As A Dog’s Dream Rescue later put it: “How is that for a rags to riches story from a good ole Kentucky Beagle!”)
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The same can actually be said for the much less high-profile Bogart, when you consider that it wasn’t Markle, who didn’t have too high of a profile as an actress at that point, but none other than Ellen DeGeneres who was actually really the one behind his adoption. While at an apparently quite happening dog shelter, Markle casually ran into DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi. Though at that point, she wasn’t acquainted with either of them, DeGeneres told Markle that she “had to rescue” Bogart, whom she’d been eyeing, going as far as tapping on the window right before she’d left to make sure Markle would follow through.(“It’s sort of like if Oprah tells you to do something,” she later said. “I’m sitting there holding him and she’s like, ‘Have you thought of a name for him yet?’ And I said, ‘Well, I think I’d name him Bogart,’ and she’s like, ‘You’re taking the dog home.'”)
Now, if there’s anything we’ve learned from the whole saga that was Lena Dunham and her dog Lamby—which prove that even feuds with Brooklyn dog shelters can dominate the news—it’s that behind every adorable, ultra-liked Instagram of a celebrity pet, things can actually be much more complicated than they seem. The fact that that the widely circulated, adorable story that Queen Dog Lover Elizabeth II rode to the wedding with her new buddy Guy, for example, wasn’t exactly true in the end—though there’s no denying that the Queen and Markle have certainly been bonding over their love of pups. By the time Prince Harry and Markle announced their engagement in November, the latter had already met the Queen a couple of times—which, of course, also meant that she’d met her famous pack of corgis and dorgis, who, according to Prince Harry, took to her “straight away.” (“I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at. This one walks in, absolutely nothing…” he said, adding that they wagged their tails and laid at her feet the whole time.)