Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s family is growing again – and this time the new addition is a canine strain.
The couple adopted a beagle named Mamma Mia.
She was rescued by federal authorities in Virginia in July along with around 4,000 other beagles.
Mamma Mia – or Mia for short – came to the Beagle Freedom Project with a litter of eight puppies.
But after Meghan met her, she reportedly told the shelter staff: “No, we don’t want a Christmas puppy. … We want those we can help who are older.”
The seven-year-old rescue dog is joined by fellow beagle Guy and a black Lab believed to be named Pula at their family home in Montecito, California.
She must also learn to fit in with the couple’s two children, Archie and Lilbet.
The Los Angeles Times reported the couple made an after-hours visit to meet the rescue beagles.
Shannon Keith, an animal rights lawyer who runs the centre, told the newspaper: “The Duchess called me personally.
“She calls my cell phone with no caller ID and says, ‘Hey Shannon, this is Meghan.’
Ms Keith said they talked for 30 minutes and she wondered if it was Megan Fox but it was actually the Duchess of Sussex.
Animal lover Meghan has adopted a number of rescue dogs in recent years and brought her American rescue beagle, Guy, to the UK when she married Harry.
The former actress chose animal rights group Mayhew as one of her first patrons.
When she moved to England to live with Harry, she had to leave Bogart – a Labrador German Shepherd mix – in the USA.
Meghan has previously said that her dogs mean “the absolute world” to her, referring to them as “my loves” and “my boys”.
Guy and Bogart were regulars on their Instagram account, with Guy even appearing in a patriotic Union flag knit sweater.
Meghan often used the hashtag #adoptdontshop in her Instagram posts.
The Queen is the queen best known for her love for dogs.
In her engagement interview in 2017, Harry revealed that the Queen’s corgis and dorgis adopted Meghan “immediately”.
He said, “And the corgis took to you straight away.
“I’ve spent the last 33 years getting barked at; This one comes in, absolutely nothing…’
Describing the moment, Meghan said: “Just laying on my feet during tea was very sweet.”
And Harry added: ‘…just wagging tails and I was just like argh.’
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