While Prince Harry is touring Africa at the end of this summer, the Duchess of Sussex stayed in California with their two children… and their new dog. Harry and Meghan would have fallen for an adorable dog rescued from a dog factory.
Mamma Mia has found a home in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Montecito villa
The Los Angeles Times reveals that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex expanded their family by welcoming little Mamma Mia in July 2022. “In less than two months, Mamma Mia the beagle has gone from the gutters to the royal ranks,” writes the American daily. The little dog is one of the 4,000 dogs that were rescued by the authorities, during a raid on a beagle farm for the Envigo search, in Virginia.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex heard about the unsanitary breeding operation and decided to act. “The duchess called me personally,” said Shannon Keith, who runs the Beagle Freedom Project. Meghan had only introduced herself by giving her first name, without specifying her identity, calling with a masked number. Hearing the questions and the way the half-hour conversation turned out, the shelter manager realized she was talking to a public figure.
“Is it Meghan Fox?” wondered Shannon Keith once the appointment was set. In the end, it was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who arrived at her kennel, surrounded by two bodyguards. The meeting was arranged outside of visiting hours. Harry and Meghan were able to spend a moment alone with Mia in the yard. “The Duchess held Mia in her arms and said, ‘We’re adopting her'”. Prince Charles’ son and his wife made it known that they specifically did not want to adopt a puppy but a mature dog because they knew that puppies were adopted very quickly.
Prince Harry and Meghan adopt a dog from the Envigo dog factory
Envigo, the second largest producer of dogs for medical research, breeds about 25 percent of the beagles used in medical and pharmaceutical research in the United States. A major federal investigation exposed the unsanitary conditions and abuse of these dogs born for research.
The Duchess of Sussex was the patron of Mayhew, a network of kennels in England, for three years. Her royal patronage was withdrawn when she and her husband made the decision to give up their royal duties. “Although my time as Mayhew’s patron is over, my unwavering support continues,” Meghan said a few months ago.
“On January 15, 2022, my beloved friend Oli tragically and so suddenly passed away,” explained Archie and Lilibet’s mom. She then decided to make a gesture in Oli’s memory by opening a kennel in her dog’s name at Mayhem. A kennel in Archie’s name was also opened on the occasion of his birth.
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