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Meghan Markle abandons Bogart to become Princess Diana 2.0 | Cultural faux-pas @KensingtonRoyal
Update: 9 June 2018
It was widely reported in the press that Meghan, 'Duchess of Sussex, nee Markle left behind one of her precious furry children in Canada to live in the United Kingdom with her new husband, Prince Henry, The Duke of Sussex. Whilst her other rescue, Guy lives in royal comfort, Bogart was “mysteriously” adopted by friends of the former actress. True to form, the Duchess is keeping quiet about the whole debacle, that unleashed a firestorm on social media, asking the question, 'What happened to Bogart?'
The only comment about her dogs was a brief statement made during her engagement interview:
“I have two dogs that I’ve had for quite a long time, both my rescue pups. And one is now staying with very close friends and my other little guy is, yes, he’s in the UK, he’s been here for a while.”
In an attempt to make light of the whole situation and provide some semblance of a logical reason for leaving Bogart behind, a palace spokesperson added, “It takes a toll on an animal to travel so far across Atlantic combined with the hard, long process of getting approval. It’s in the best interest of the animal’s well-being to stay.”
As a champion of rescue animals and one who has consistently traveled with my furry babies in tow, I find the whole situation a bit murky and disingenuous. The actions of the Duchess of Sussex exacerbates the argument that perhaps she was indeed a "social climber," "calculating" and will apathetically discard that which does not promote her further welfare, including people and her furry child. Her timid response to the question of her dogs was quite revealing. Was it age, a medical condition or just fitting into a Royal lifestyle? All these are speculative, of course.
In addition to the story of Bogart is how her other rescue, Guy, broke two of his legs. All press reports indicate that this did occur, shortly after the engagement announcement, but nothing was revealed on how this occurred, only that he was being “treated.”
In 2012, the United Kingdom had relaxed their rules regarding traveling with and re-locating domestic animals into the country. In the past, long quarantine of up to six months was possible, but since the policy change a quarantine of four months would not be necessary IF travelers followed their simple rules and produced the proper documentations. It really is THAT simple, thus the remarks by the palace does not pass the truth test.
Britons love dogs and the United Kingdom is one of the dog-friendliest countries! Bogart is a mixed-breed Shepard. Meghan Markle confirmed he was 9 months old at the time of the 16 July 2013 interview with BuzzFeed. That would put Bogart just under five years old today, which is not too old to travel. There were also no reports of any health ailments. Did Bogart the mix-breed just not fit in to the Royal mold? Interestingly, the Beagle is a breed developed in Great Britain, so perhaps that is how Guy the Beagle made the cut.
Update: 26 May 2018: We have included a link to another article that exposed the "fake news" and "PR stunt" of Guy the dog, supposedly riding to the wedding with Queen Elizabeth II. Was this an attempt to deflect the attention to Bogart's demise by Markle's people? This report comes from conservative, "Mad World News." Whilst our policies vastly differ, the question of Meghan Markle's dog, Bogart lingers. Their headline reads: Meghan’s PR Stunt With Dog ‘Guy’ Backfires As Sad Ending For Dog ‘Bogart’ Exposed.
1 June 2018: Since our original post, we received a contingent of "offers" to adopt Bogart, some from very well-known Britons. In any event, Bogart is welcome at our 50-acre country spread. He can hunt, lounge, chase pheasants and rabbits, travel. NO doggie left behind.
Photo source: Meghan Markle Instagram
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