Meghan Markle wants to adopt rescue pooch for Archie to grow up with loyal pet pal

MEGHAN Markle is planning to adopt a rescue dog for baby son Archie — so he knows the joy of growing up with a very special and loyal best friend.

She wants to tour rescue centres near her and Harry’s Windsor home to find a suitable pet.

Meghan Markle cuddles Jack Russell Minnie on her visit to animal welfare charity Mayhew in London in January
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A royal source said: “Meghan really wants a dog with whom Archie can associate his childhood.”

The plan emerged after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had Archie christened on Saturday.

There are already two dogs in Meghan and Harry’s household — a labrador they got in September and her rescue beagle Guy.

But Meghan wants Archie to have his own dog and reckons another rescue is much better than a puppy.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Princess Diana's sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle
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Prince Harrys snap of baby son Archie for Fathers Day
Prince Harry’s snap of baby son Archie for Father’s Day
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Meghan Markle poses with her dogs Bogart and Guy in bed
Meghan Markle poses with her dogs Bogart and Guy in bed

A royal source said: “Rescue dogs are a huge passion for her so the pull to adopt rather than buy a puppy is far stronger.

“Meghan really wants a dog with whom Archie can associate his childhood. She hopes they strike up an incredible bond and Archie can make plenty of memories.”

Insiders say Meghan has been encouraged by mum Doria to expand the Sussex dog pack.

The Duchess plans to visit rescue centres near their Windsor home to choose a suitable hound.

Meghan's beagle Guy and Labrador-German Shepherd cross Bogard in her old Toronto home
Meghan’s beagle Guy and Labrador-German Shepherd cross Bogard in her old Toronto home
The former Suits star posing with a 'puppy Snapchat filter' before she became a Royal
The former Suits star posing with a ‘puppy Snapchat filter’ before she became a Royal
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Meghan is the patron of animal welfare charity Mayhew. In January she was seen cuddling a Jack Russell called Minnie on a visit to Mayhew’s centre in Kensal Green, North West London.

Meghan, six months pregnant at the time, was asked if she was tempted to take Minnie home.

She said: “We can’t take another dog before the baby. Our hands are full.”

Meghan was heartbroken when she had to leave Bogard, her Labrador-German Shepherd cross rescue dog, in Toronto when she moved to the UK. He was thought too old to travel.

Meghan had to leave Bogard behind when she moved to the UK
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Rescue Beagle Guy is now a part of the Sussexes dog pack
Rescue Beagle Guy is now a part of the Sussexes’ dog pack
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The royals have a long history as dog lovers. The Queen has had more than 30 corgis since she was 18. Her last, Whisper, died aged 12 last year.

William and Kate have a cocker spaniel named Lupo — a wedding present from her brother James.

Camilla has two rescue Jack Russells named Bluebell and Beth.

Royal pooches

The Queen has had more than 30 corgis since she was 18
The Queen has had more than 30 corgis since she was 18
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Camilla two rescue Jack Russells named Bluebell and Beth
Camilla has two rescue Jack Russells named Bluebell and Beth
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Prince George with the Cambridges' cocker spaniel, Lupo
Prince George with the Cambridges’ cocker spaniel, Lupo
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