Many of us had a difficult 2020, including Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex faced an onslaught of publicity after she and Prince Harry stepped down as senior working royals. She also, of course, had to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. But perhaps her hardest challenge was dealing with a devastating pregnancy loss, which she wrote about for The New York Times.
Markle handled these struggles in a very relatable way: She had a little help from her dogs, a beagle named Guy and a black Labrador retriever named Pula. What dog owner hasn’t turned to their pet for emotional support when they need it most?
“Whenever we talk to the duchess about the charity, she always references how important her dogs are and what a support they are, particularly during everything that’s happened this year, with COVID, and with the personal trials and tribulations she went through this year,” Caroline Yates, CEO of the Duchess of Sussex’s animal welfare patronage, Mayhew, told Hello! magazine, according to People. “It was really nice to share our experiences with her about how important animals are when things are tough and what a comfort they can be.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry included Guy and Pula in their 2020 illustrated Christmas card:
A spokesperson for the Sussexes said about the card, “The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by the duchess’s mother [Doria Ragland]. The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays.”
Their dogs also pop up in the video, below:
As for how Archie gets on with Pula and Guy, a source tells People he’s “best friends with his dogs. They make him laugh and are gentle with him.” Insert heart-eye emoji.