The name of Prince Harry and Meghan's adopted dog has been disclosed in a new royal biography, and it holds a special significance for the couple.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex rescued a black Labrador in August 2018, shortly after their royal Windsor wedding in May, and according to extracts from royal book Finding Freedom, serialised in People magazine, their pet is called Pula.
Pula is the currency of Botswana, the south African country that Harry took Meghan on their third date back in 2016. Pula also means 'rain' in Setswana, a rarity in Botswana's semi arid climate which is deemed as a blessing, and a word that is used in Batswana to wish others well.
The duke and duchess returned to the country a year later to highlight the plight of endangered wildlife. They assisted Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders and later shared an image of themselves attaching a satellite collar on a bull elephant on Instagram.
The post explained how "100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks" but with the use of satellite technology, conservationists are able to track the elephant's critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict.
The Duke of Sussex attends the ‘Our Planet’ premiere at the Natural History Museum with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, lending their joint support for the protection of our environment. As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger. A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017. Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar. Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict. The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd. Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward. Photo credit: PA, Image 1
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The duchess had two rescue dogs called Guy and Bogart when she was living in Toronto filming legal drama Suits.
It was reported that Guy moved with Meghan to the UK in 2017 ahead of her engagement to Prince Harry, but Bogart remained in Canada with friends due to his old age.
US publication People also reports that Harry and Meghan's one-year-old son Archie is "best friends with his dogs" Pula and Guy, who live with the family in LA.
Last year, Meghan shared a heartfelt message on the joy of pet adoption and why it's something we should all consider.
The duchess became a patron of the animal welfare charity Mayhew in January 2019 and is supporting them in their work to improve the lives of animals and humans.
In Mayhew's annual review, the Duchess penned a touching letter about the importance of rehoming animals. She wrote: "As a proud rescue dog owner, I know from personal experience the joy that adopting an animal into your home can bring. The choice to adopt a pet is a big decision that comes with much responsibility but infinite return on the investment. It will undoubtedly change your life."
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