The Real Reason Meghan Markle Had to Give Up Her Dog to Marry Prince Harry

People have lots of reasons for giving up a pet they love. Most of them involve some pretty tough decisions. Meghan Markle recently learned that the hard way: She had to give up her dog to marry Prince Harry. In fact, Markle could only take one of her dogs with her when she moved to London to marry her prince.

Ahead, get all the details on why she had to give up one of her dogs — including the reason the dog who got left behind isn’t “royal” enough (page 7).

1. Meghan Markle only took 1 of her dogs when she moved

She was sad to have to leave one of the dogs behind. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

The Mercury News reports that when she moved to the United Kingdom, Meghan Markle only took one of her dogs with her. The other dog stayed behind to live in North America permanently with some of Markle’s friends.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace explained, “This is a permanent decision that Meghan made on her own — not an easy one at that.” According to The Evening Standard, Markle once said the dogs “mean the absolute world” to her. She also referred to them as “my boys” and “my loves.”

Next: Meghan Markle has two dogs. 

2. Her dogs are named Guy and Bogart

Meghan Markle, girlfriend of Prince Harry

Meghan Markle | Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images

The Mercury News explains Markle had two rescue dogs: a beagle named Guy and a Labrador-shepherd mix named Bogart. She regularly posted photos of both Guy and Bogart before she deleted her social media profiles. And she encouraged her fans to adopt dogs. In fact, she often used the hashtag #adoptdontshop.

When she moved to the United Kingdom to live with Prince Harry, Markle took Guy with her and left Bogart behind. Bogart was her first pet, so just makes the situation even more heartbreaking.

Next: She adopted Bogart because of this celebrity. 

3. Markle adopted Bogart because of Ellen DeGeneres

Host Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

When Ellen tells you to adopt the dog, you adopt the dog. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

According to The Mercury News, Markle adopted Bogart at the urging of Ellen DeGeneres. (DeGeneres herself is a major fan of animals.) The two bumped into each other at an animal shelter. And as Markle tells the story, “She turns around and comes and taps on the window glass and she yells ‘take the dog!’ And so I brought him home. Because Ellen told me to.”

Next: She may have run into trouble with this red tape. 

4. Getting approval for a dog to move to the U.K. can be difficult

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

It would have been tough to get Bogart a visa.  | Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images

People sometimes run into trouble with their passport or visa. And it can prove difficult to get approval for your dog to move, too. The Kensington Palace spokesman seemed to hint at some potential issues with Bogart’s paperwork when he said, “It takes a toll on an animal to travel so far across Atlantic combined with the hard, long process of getting approval.”

The Mercury News notes pet owners have to “meet a lengthy list of requirements under Britain’s Pet Travel Scheme to bring their dogs into the country.” Some of those requirements can be hard on dogs, especially older dogs.

Next: Bogart would have had to do all of these things to go with Markle. 

5. Bogart would have had to be microchipped and fly in the plane’s cargo hold

pets in kennels for the airport

He would have needed to fly in the cargo hold. | Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

The Mercury News reports under the requirements of Britain’s Pet Travel Scheme, Bogart would have needed a microchip. As a Labrador-shepherd mix, he’s also too large to fly in the cabin of a plane and would need to travel in the cargo hold instead. (That has proven very dangerous for some pets.)

Markle would have also had to obtain documents showing Bogart had all his vaccinations and that he had been tested and treated for various infectious diseases. If he didn’t meet those requirements, he would have to be quarantined for up to six months.

Next: Markle probably also considered this when deciding whether to take him along. 

6. His age was probably a factor

Meghan Markle attends the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England.

Poor Bogart probably was too old. | Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Express reports that Bogart’s age was probably a factor in Markle’s tough decision to leave him behind. “It was reported that Bogart was considered too old to adapt to the big move from Toronto to London, and that is would be kinder to let him continue to live in Canada,” the publication noted.

The Guardian seemed to confirm that theory. The publication reported that Bogart “is believed to be too old to make the journey across the Atlantic and is staying with Markle’s close friends” instead of moving to the United Kingdom.

Next: An etiquette expert says Bogart isn’t royal enough anyway. 

7. Only 1 of Meghan Markle’s dogs is ‘royal enough’

Meghan Markle Housed dog

Her beagle was more “royal.” | Meghan Markle via Instagram

It seems highly unlikely this factored into Meghan Markle’s decision. But according to Travel + Leisure, an etiquette expert revealed only one of her dogs is “royal enough.” Etiquette expert William Hanson says, “The finest breeds are Labradors and of course the Queen’s beloved corgis, but other types of dogs will put you surprisingly low on the social scale.”

Working dogs, such as beagles, rank at the top of the social hierarchy. So “Meghan Markle’s beagle, Guy, will be a good and appropriate addition to the canine cognoscenti,” Hanson explains. But Bogart doesn’t make the cut because he’s a mixed breed.

Next: Markle got along well with the dogs owned by this member of the royal family. 

8. Markle got along well with Queen Elizabeth II’s corgis

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Cross railway with her corgis

It probably was a bonus for the queen. | STF/AFP/Getty Images

Back in November 2017, when news first broke that Markle had to leave one of her dogs behind, Prince Harry noted that his then-fianceé was getting along well with his grandmother’s dogs: the legendary Pembroke Welsh corgis of Buckingham Palace. The dogs reportedly liked Markle right away — even though they’d spent years barking at Prince Harry.

But sadly, the royal corgi lineage has drawn to a close after eight decades. So Markle can no longer fill the Bogart-sized hole in her heart with the queen’s corgis.

Next: Royal dogs live a charmed life.

9. The queen is a huge dog fan

Queen Elizabeth, James Bond, and her corgis

The queen had her dogs appear in an Olympic video with James Bond | Olympic via YouTube

It’s no surprise that Markle and the queen are bonding over dogs. Queen Elizabeth II received her first corgi at age 7, and at one point she had 13 corgis. And her dogs definitely receive the royal treatment. They eat catered food, and each menu is dog-specific, including an array of homeopathic and herbal remedies. They also enjoy their meals from silver and porcelain dishes. In fact, the queen’s dogs even get handmade Christmas stockings.

Next: The queen has taken to Markle’s dog.

10. The queen seems to like Guy, Meghan Markle’s beagle

Queen Elizabeth II

Guy seems to be getting along with the queen. | Michael Ukas/Pool/Getty Images

As fellow dog lovers, Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II seem to have banded together. W Magazine reports that when the queen departed for Windsor Castle the day before the royal wedding, she seemed to have Guy with her in the back of her Range Rover.

The two traveling together formed a pretty adorable picture. And Guy seemed to be adapting just fine to his new life alongside the royal family. As W Magazine reports, “It’s a long way to come for Guy, a plucky, wide-eyed orphan from Kentucky.”

Next: The two dogs have an adorable backstory. 

11. Guy and Bogart may miss each other

Dog wearing a shirt for Meghan Markle

Hopefully they will be able to make other canine friends. | David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Some dogs get along well with other dogs, while others only tolerate each other. But it sounds like Guy and Bogart may miss each other, given that they now live on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

When Markle was filming Suits, she reportedly corresponded with the founder of an Ontario rescue to find a friend for  Bogart. “Bogart did not click with one intended beagle, but it was apparently ‘love at first sight’ for him and Guy,” W Magazine reports. We hope they’re not too old to make new friends.

Read more: Queen Elizabeth’s Corgis and Other Breeds the Royal Family Loves Most

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