Meghan Markle, Prince Harry rescued a beagle and his name will make you sing

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have adopted a new dog, and his name is guaranteed to put a little ABBA on your mind.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently welcomed a 7-year-old beagle named Mamma Mia into their home, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Mamma Mia was one of 4,000 dogs rescued from Envigo’s facility in Cumberland County, Virginia. The facility bred beagles for research and was closed after receiving more than 70 animal welfare violations.

Shannon Keith, an animal rights attorney who also runs the Beagle Freedom Project, a nonprofit animal rescue organization, spoke to the Times about connecting the Duke and Duchess with their newest member of the family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet a dog while attending the Invictus Games on April 17 in the Netherlands.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet a dog while attending the Invictus Games on April 17 in the Netherlands.

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“The Duchess called me personally,” Keith said, telling the outlet that he didn’t immediately recognize the caller, and for good reason.

“He calls my cell phone without caller ID and says, ‘Hi Shannon, this is Meghan,'” she said. “We talked for 30 minutes and I was like, ‘Is this Megan Fox?'”

The royals later met up with Keith and played with some of the dogs for adoption before going home with Mamma Mia. They chose Mamma Mia, rather than her puppies, because she was older, as older dogs sometimes face more obstacles in adoption.

Before the two left with Mamma Mia, Keith said, the Duke of Sussex asked a very important question.

Harry, Meghan and their two children Archie and Lilibet also have two other dogs: Pula and Guy. The two featured prominently on the couple’s 2020 holiday card. The couple also have some rescue chickens that live at their home in Montecito, California.

Meghan rescued Guy, who is also a beagle, in 2015 at a Pet Valu adoption event in Ontario, Canada. The event was in collaboration with the rescue group A Dog’s Dream Rescue.

Alison Preiss, marketing manager for Pet Valu, told HuffPost all about adoption in a 2017 interview. Meghan had already adopted a dog named Bogart and wanted a friend for her dog.

Preiss said the adoption “was important” to the former “Suits” actor, who likely saw it as “an opportunity to give back by adopting two dogs.”

β€œI think Meghan has definitely shown that she is the kind of person who believes in a kinder way of life,” the manager said at the time.

The Duchess even managed to impress A Dog’s Dream Rescue founder Dolores Doherty with the speed of her application.

“I was very well prepared,” Preiss said. β€œMeghan contacted [Doherty] via Petfinder and Dolores said, ‘Here’s a request,’ and Meghan had hers back within 10 minutes.”

The Duchess of Sussex meets a Jack Russell named Minnie during a visit to Mayhew, an animal welfare charity, on January 16, 2019 in London.
The Duchess of Sussex meets a Jack Russell named Minnie during a visit to Mayhew, an animal welfare charity, on January 16, 2019 in London.

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