The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a persistent media problem.
They have sued tabloids like the Mail on Sunday for invasion of privacy, and spoken openly about the trauma of constant media harassment.
Then, more recently, they filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit in California, after the paparazzi allegedly used drones and telephoto lenses to take pictures of Archie in the backyard of their Los Angeles home.
All things considered, Meghan, Harry, and the baby seem to find it almost impossible to maintain their privacy.
Then there’s their dog, who seems to be pretty good at it.
So good, in fact, that ELLE refers to it as their “secret dog”.
Royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s upcoming book Finding Freedom has finally solved a two-year-old Sussex mystery: What on Earth did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name the black Labrador Retriever puppy they adopted together in August 2018?
During an October 2018 event, Meghan even quipped, “And they [the press] keep getting her name wrong!” But she and Harry still haven’t shared the dog’s name officially.
Yes, the mystery was keeping us all up at night for two years. Thank the heavens someone finally solved it.
They named it Pula. You can see Pula out for a walk above, along with Pula’s brother Guy, the beagle – less mysterious, but still a dog owned by Meghan and Harry.
I didn’t know either of them existed.
Pula’s name is apparently sentimental.
“Pula is the official currency of Botswana, the country in Africa where Harry took Meghan when they first started dating,” People wrote.
“Pula means ‘rain’ in Setswana—and since rain is very scarce in Botswana, it’s considered valuable and a blessing.”
I apologise if that sentence triggered the chorus of Toto’s ‘Africa’ on repeat in your mind.
The trip is described as “game-changing” for the couple’s relationship.
Harry invited Meghan on the trip six weeks after their first three get-togethers (three straight days of seeing each other, including two dates out and one evening spent talking at Harry’s Kensington Palace home).
A friend told Scobie and Durand that after that trip, “they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a forever thing.”
And Pula got a forever home.
Now set your mind at ease, sound in the knowledge that after years of wondering, the riddle of the dog’s name has finally been laid to rest.
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