The name of Prince Harry & Meghan’s rescue Labrador has been revealed!

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There are several enduring mysteries around the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I do not expect Finding Freedom to reveal the answers to many of those mysteries, like “who was the matchmaker” or “who are Archie’s godparents” or “where did they honeymoon” or “when exactly did Harry first propose to Meghan?” I’d actually forgotten this mystery though – soon after they married, Harry and Meghan adopted a puppy. We heard that the dog was a black Labrador (or perhaps a black lab-mix) and yet… no one revealed the puppy’s name, or they misidentified her as Oz or something like that. They kept the dog’s name a secret for two years! But now we finally know it:

The name of an important member of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s family has finally been revealed! In the summer of 2018, shortly after they wed, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a black Labrador rescue into their home. Until now, the name of the pooch has been a mystery. The couple even joked themselves that “people keep getting her name wrong.”

In the best-selling new book Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by veteran royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the authors reveal that the high-energy pup’s name is Pula.

The name comes with a special meaning. Pula is the official currency of Botswana, the country in Africa where Harry took Meghan when they first started dating. Pula means “rain” in Setswana — and since rain is very scarce in Botswana, it’s considered valuable and a blessing.

It seems the couple’s 1-year-old son Archie has already taken after his animal-loving mom.

Archie “is best friends with his dogs,” a source previously told PEOPLE. “They make him laugh and are gentle with him.”

[From People]

Pula is… a meaningful name to them, I get it. But I don’t like it as a dog’s name, sorry not sorry. People should name their animals either people-names or something cute which can be nicknamed. “Pula” just isn’t a great name to me.

Incidentally, as I was writing this up, I wondered about Meghan’s two dowry dogs, Bogart and Guy. Guy Markle made the trip to England and lived with H&M in Nottingham Cottage and Frogmore Cottage, then Guy presumably moved with them to North America. Bogart, on the other hand, was left behind in Canada when Meghan moved to the UK. It was said that Bogart was too old and Meghan didn’t want to move him to a new country, so she gave him to a friend (whose name we still don’t know, another royal mystery). I wondered if Bogart was back to living with Meghan now that’s in LA. But Dan Wootton says that Bogart is still living in Canada because he hates Harry:

A close associate revealed Meghan has decided that, for the sake of family harmony, Labrador-German shepherd cross Bogart is in the doghouse. They said yesterday: “Meghan adored that dog but the decision not to take him back was based on Bogart’s relationship with Harry. Bogart never took to Harry when they spent time together in Canada. He didn’t like Harry. Meghan was very vocal about the fact it wouldn’t be fair to take him back full-time, given Bogart’s feelings for her husband. Of course, her staff in the UK who knew about her decision found her statement quite strange, but they accepted it at face value because Meghan knows her dogs.”

[From The Sun]

Sounds like Bogart was the self-appointed guard dog and he didn’t like any strange ginger men around his mama. Bogart was in for a rude awakening then when Meghan chose Harry over him. Anyway, I actually sort of believe that Meghan left Bogart in Canada with Mystery Friends and now she and Harry just have Guy and Pula.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay a visit to Johannesburg

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  1. paranormalgirl says:

    I like the name Pula.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I really like it, too. As long as Archie doesn’t change it to Pupu when he gets older…

  2. Becks1 says:

    I think they left Bogart for a variety of reasons – relationship with Harry maybe, health issues, etc.

    I like the name Pula! You would hate some of our dog names Kaiser LOL.

    • Aa says:

      I had a feeling that the friend that Bogart stayed with had children and the children got attached to Bogart so she let the family keep him. Meghan wouldn’t tell the media that to protect the privacy of the family.

    • Ash says:

      Did we ever think there was any juice to the story that Bogart was shared with her ex, so was left with him?

      It could have been totally made up, of course, but it also makes sense and would be completely understandable.

  3. NatureLover says:

    It’s completely sensible not to move an elderly dog such great distance as their body does not accumulate to moving very well. It’s too stressful on an aging dog and the stress can kill the dog. I don’t believe for a minute it was due to Harry considering the source. Dan Wooten is a pig of a bully and racist POS.

    • candy says:

      The dog was only about 5, she’d had him since he was a puppy. Not really that old so I don’t think that was the real reason.

  4. Maolemegan says:

    What?! I like Pula.

  5. Lucylee says:

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  6. Léna says:

    Pula is nice. Not every name needs to be nicknamed! Even more so for a dog

  7. S808 says:

    I like Pula! I’ve heard much worse dog names. Idk why Bogart hating Harry makes me laugh but it does 😭 I’m sure he’s living a charmed life in Canada!

  8. fluffy_bunny says:

    Pula isn’t a bad name. I think dogs should have dog names not people names. All of our dogs’ names have had special meaning to us. My husband has a whole list of names lined up for future dogs.

  9. BabsORIG says:

    First and foremost I love the name Pula, but Im African so, there might be some bias there. Secondly, it would have been very selfish and inconsiderate of the Sussexes to remove Bogart from a home that he has made his since 2017 when Meg moved to England. He was too old to travel, and he was left with a friend for reasons best known to Meg. From then on, IMVHO, where the dog lives ceased to be about what Meg wanted/s but was then what the dog needs and what would be in the dog’s best interests. Having bonded with whomever Bogart had bonded with since Nov 2017, it would have been a lot more stressful to the dog to be reclaimed by the Sussexes 2 years later, and subsequently get moved around from one place to the next to the next till the Sussexes settle into a permanent home. No Dan Wootten is a stupid full of crap man, sorry not sorry to say that. Isn’t he one of the people that reported how Guy was injured and broke all his legs when Meg fist moved to London when there was no evidence to any of that?

    • Ginger says:

      I agree. It would have been very confusing for Bogart leaving his new family since 2017 to go live with Meghan again. Plus, with a new dog and baby. He would have been stressed. Meghan did what was best for Bogart. I also don’t buy that he hated Harry. Don just hates the Sussex’s and wants to paint them in the worst possible light.

      I also LOVE the name Pula. Beautiful.

  10. someChick says:

    On a funny note, the dog’s name means c%ck in Romanian :)

  11. greenmonster says:

    I like the name. It also sounds familiar as if I have heard it for a character in a movie or tv series?

  12. TitusPullo says:

    I think Pula is a cute name!

    I personally kind of hate this supposed “public” reasoning for leaving Bogart. If the dog didn’t like Harry there is A LOT that can be done when working with a veterinary behaviorist or certified dog behavior consultant) to change that. I might just be sensitive from spending so long in rescue/vet/training world and seeing how absolutely abysmal people are at reading dog behavior though. Regardless, I have no doubt that whatever the actual reasoning for rehoming Bogart, he is well cared for and wasn’t just dumped with a random person (cough Chris Pratt cough) so I have zero criticism for making a decision that was best for Bogart/the family.

    • GuestWho says:

      Wootton is lying.

    • Prayer Warrior says:

      Agree re behaviorists & consultants to help canine and human develop their relationship. I’m sensitive to that also, because…dog already has/had home, so a surrender then rehome can be stressful. They may not have had the time to invest, and it takes A LOT OF WORK to redirect a dog who is set-in-their-ways. OTOH…I trust Meghan to do what’s best for the dog and the family because she’s a proven record of caring..

  13. bluemoonhorse says:

    Dogs can be over protective of certain people in the family. If Boggart was used to having Meghan on his own, and he was exhibiting jealous, aggressive behavior towards Harry – it makes sense for the dog to have a home that suits him better.

    “her staff in the UK who knew about her decision found her statement quite strange” – they must never seen a dog lunge and bite someone due to this behavior. I have. Or maybe they are just passive aggressive idiots? Hm. Probably the second.

    • candy says:

      As a dog trainer, I take issue with your comment as it propels inaccuracies about dogs.

      No, it doesn’t make sense to just rehome a dog with behavior issues, especially when you have the money to train him. He only met Harry a handful of times, Dogs take time to adjust to a new person, situation etc. She’d had him since he was a puppy, so unless she was a totally irresponsible owner, which I doubt, it would be very surprising for the dog to be aggressive. Dog aggression is a legitimate issue, but it’s also way more unusual than people make it out to be. More often than not, humans are the problem, not dogs. Dogs can easily be taught to control their impulses, such as lunging or jumping. Most of these behaviors are signs of excitement, not aggression. And worse still, humans often “encourage” these behaviors through ignorance about how dogs communicate.

      People rehome dogs because they think simple issues can’t be fixed and the dog will miraculously be happier in the next home. The reality is the dog will demonstrate exactly the same behavior problems in his next home, compounded by abandonment issues.

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        Sorry Dog Trainer, but I’ve worked in multiple vet offices. And if a dog has an unhealthy obsession/fixation with a protection of one person in its head due to poor socialization, bad things happen. I’ve been lunged at by a Rottweiler so excuse me if I didn’t enjoy it.

        Oh and dementia plays a big part in dogs being provoked to attack. But I’m sure you know that and just forgot to mention it.

      • hereforit says:

        For me, personally, if a dog ever exhibited threatening behavior towards me or a family member in our household, I would have no issue with re-homing it immediately. I would never be able to live with myself if something horrible happened despite efforts to change/mitigate the behavior. This is why I don’t own animals though. I am not the right person for that job.

  14. lucy2 says:

    Pula is a fine name, as it has special meaning for them.
    Personally, I like human names for pets though.

  15. Savu says:

    Is it wrong to say that as a couple… I don’t think they have amazing naming skills? Of course they get to name their kid and dogs whatever they want! Buuuuuut I’m not a huge fan. 🤷‍♀️ I’m sure my approval means the world to them (sarcasm of course)
    We have our cats Sonoma, Alexander and Kiki, all human-applicable names. Although Kiki’s “full name” is Kimikotan, a veeeeery deep cut from 30 Rock 😂

  16. Anners says:

    Man, I have to agree with Kaiser. I don’t think naming things is their strong suit. I think they choose names that are meaningful to them, but don’t necessarily flow (i.e. archewell). But maybe this will grow on me – I wasn’t a fan of Archie as a name, but he’s adorable and owns his name.

    • TeamMeg says:

      I agree… sad but true! 🤷🏻‍♀️

    • CuriousCole says:

      +2. I think we’re extra perplexed because they are phenomenal at basically everything else, but their name game isn’t strong. It’s also odd because their pre-relationship projects have great names; Invictus, Sentebale, etc…

  17. Lisa says:

    I like the name and it is funny that for a couple that supposedly leaks nobody knows their moves until much later and the papers gets it wrong. As for Bogart I am sure everything was done with his best interest at heart.

  18. Jens says:

    I don’t care at all about this couple but the “name dogs people names” is my pet peeve (pun intended)! I HATE when animals have people names, especially when they are common names. My neighbors named their dog Mike. Fido, Spots, or Pula, please!

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      My uncle has a dog named Gary. It’s a horrible name for a dog. He also had a human name for his previous dog. I think that one was Carl.

      • Marisaura says:

        I was just joking with a friend about her dog, Gary. It was super awkward when her new neighbors moved in and their new baby was named Gary as well. 😂

  19. Mariane says:

    I believe they reported that bogart was old and had health issues hence why her friend took him in. I’m sure she reunited with him in canada but probably still living with her friend
    Pula is a nice name. I wonder if DM will delete the countless articles they made reporting false name😂

    • Prayer Warrior says:

      I think it’s along the lines of they’ve all (staff) been bitten by the corgis…so what’s another dog bite? LOL…no we know that’s not true because they’d have crucified her if he bit someone in England.

      Also, @Candy makes some EXCELLENT points

  20. Miss617 says:

    I never believed the official reason for leaving Bogart (hell, he appeared from puppyhood on Meghan’s instagram!) so I can believe Wootton (which might never happen again) when he says it was actually because he didn’t get along with Harry. They were in a rush to move and didn’t have the time to work with a canine behavioral specialist, and rehoming him with friends he already knew and liked would be the least stressful option.

    Anyway, I think Pula is an adorable name for a pup.

  21. Grumpy says:

    I don’t think any dog would hate Harry.

  22. Chloe says:

    Maybe Bogart was a dog Meghan knew would get stressed with owners who would frequently be travelling, going to engagements at random times during the day and having a household staff. Especially if he’s older, I find it totally plausible Meghan knew he’d be happier with a trusted friend that has a more low key lifestyle.

  23. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I think it’s a cute name. Interesting and unique.

  24. Candikat says:

    When my family moved from the US to the UK (decades ago) we had to rehome our beloved dog bc at the time there was a strict quarantine on pets coming into the UK. I don’t remember the details, but recall that we decided it wouldn’t be healthy for her to be isolated from us for (weeks? months? I was a kid and just remember it seemed like a very long time.) Anyone know if similar rules still apply to someone moving from N America?

  25. mimi09 says:

    Long time lurker here. I just have to comment on this :) ))

    I’m Romanian and in my language “pula” is maybe the worst “f word” there is. It means “dick” but it’s so much worse. Some people use it all the time when they’re cursing, but it’s not an innocent cussing word. I can’t believe I’m actually writing it!!!

    Anyway, I’m sure the dog is loved and taken care of..

    • Elena says:

      Slightly OT. Lurker Mimi, so lovely to virtually meet – at long last – some of my own people here. :)