Harry and Meghan won't reveal the name of their dog because it's 'too private’

Ellen Manning
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Any addition to the Royal Family sparks interest - even more so when it’s connected to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

That goes for pets too, but in the same way the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are cherishing the privacy of son Archie, they’re keeping details about their pet pooch under wraps too.

The couple have refused to reveal the name of their dog and they’re not the only royals to keep their pet private, according to royal commentators.

Speaking on Yahoo UK’s Royal Box, royal commentator Omid Scobie says: “Pets are off limits for all members of the royal family.”

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Britain's Prince Harry (R) and wife Meghan (2R), Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet the dogs of Ireland's President Michael Higgins and wife Sabina on arrival at the Presidential mansion on the second day of their visit in Dublin on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MAXWELLS / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MAXWELLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan is a well-known dog-lover but she and Harry have kept details of their own pet firmly under wraps (Picture: MAXWELLS/AFP/Getty Images)

He said Harry and Meghan had chosen not to reveal the name of their four-legged friend, but aren’t the first royal couple to make that decision, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge initially keeping details about cocker spaniel Lupo secret.

“I remember when the Cambridges first got Lupo there was such a furore over the name of the dog,” says Scobie.

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“I think it drove press secretaries crazy that they regularly had all of us asking what was the name of this dog.”

Victoria Murphy recalls that the name of the Cambridges’ dog actually only emerged after Kate told a child at an official engagement.

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, southern England, with their son Prince George, cocker spaniel Lupo (R) and Middleton family pet Tilly, in this undated photograph released in London August 19, 2013.    REUTERS/Michael Middleton/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Handout via Reuters   (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ANIMALS) NO COMMERCIAL OR BOOK SALES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS
William and Kate also kept details about their own dog Lupo under wraps for months (Picture: REUTERS/Michael Middleton/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Handout via Reuters)

Meghan and Harry reportedly adopted a Labrador puppy in the summer of 2018.

Meghan is a well-known dog lover but was only able to bring one of her two rescue dogs to the UK with her when she moved as the other was too old to make the move.

But according to a story in The Sun earlier this year, neighbours of Meghan and Harry were issued with a set of rules that included not stroking the couple’s dog or offering to walk him.