Meghan Markle, 40, left her adopted dog Bogart with friends in Canada, the allies in Sussexes claim. The Duchess of Sussex was reportedly devastated when she left her “baby” in Toronto to move with her second husband to California in 2017.
A source told The Sun: “Meghan loved that dog, but the decision not to take him back was based on Bogart’s relationship with Harry.
Bogart never welcomed Harry when they spent time together in Canada.
“He did not like Harry. Meghan said very strongly that it would not be fair to take him back full time, given Bogart’s feelings for her husband.
“Of course, her employees in the UK who knew about her decision thought she was quite strange, but they accepted it at face value because Meghan knows her dogs.”
Prince Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf has previously confirmed that Markle’s dog lived “with friends” of the couple, but was unable to add further information.
Bogart was Mrs. Markle’s first dog, and she spoke lovingly about the Labrador-German Shepherd cross in an interview with Reader’s Digest.
Markle said: “He is my first dog ever. I did not grow up with dogs.
“I was in LA going to the rescue of this dog.
“So I saw him, and I sat there with him, and then Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi went in.
“Now I do not know her, but Ellen says” Is that your dog? “And I said, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘You have to take that dog.’
“And then I took him home. Because Ellen told me so.
“I started to see that he loves the company of people, but just as I love the company of dogs, I do not just want to be around dogs all day, so I realized he could like a companion.”
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She is the patron of Mayhew in London who helps to find cats and dogs new homes.
In the preface to the charity’s annual report, Markle described himself as a “proud rescue dog owner” and discussed “the joy that an animal can bring to your home”.