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Meghan-effect! Dog cuddled by Duchess of Sussex finds new home

The Meghan-effect has extended to her love of animals. On Wednesday, the Duchess of Sussex visited her new patronage, Mayhew where she was introduced to a lovable one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Minnie.

It is good news for Minnie as her status on Mayhew’s website has been marked as reserved.

Minnie was up for adoption at the time and stole Meghan’s heart. The Duchess immediately picked Minnie up when she saw her saying, “She’s shivering. Hopefully, she’ll be adopted today, when everyone sees her.” And adopted she was.

The Duchess cuddles Minnie. Photo: @KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Her Royal Highness, a life-long animal lover, was smitten with the one-year-old pup but admitted with a baby on the way (and two other dogs at home), she could not take Minnie home.

She remarked, “We can’t take another dog before the baby as our hands are too full!”

The Duchess spoke about her own rescue dog while on the special visit. Meghan revealed that her beagle named Guy had been mistreated and abused before she took him in, “He was petrified to come in the front door. He didn’t know how to go up and down stairs.”

Meghan also had a rescue Labrador-shepherd mix, Bogart, who was too old to travel across the pond and relocate to Kensington Palace. Guy, however, did make the trip and has recently been joined by a new dog. Not much is known about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new dog, only that it is a she, and no one has yet guessed her name correctly.

Mayhew was one of four patronages announced by Kensington Palace this month. Mayhew is “a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally,” according to Kensington Palace.

You can learn more about Mayhew and how to get involved here.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.