Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s hands-on approach to welcoming a new family member

Georgia Brown

The duke and Duchess of Sussex recently welcomed a new companion into the Montecito home they share with their children, Archie and Lilibet.

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Harry and Meghan adopted a seven-year-old Beagle named Mamma Mia of the Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that rescues and settles animals used in experimental research. The sweet pup was reportedly rescued along with 4,000 other Beagles by federal authorities in Virginia last month.

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Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, the Beagle Freedom Project spoke about the Sussexes’ surprise request to rehom a rescue dog.

The organization also paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II. “Recently we got a call from Meghan and Harry asking if we could adopt!” read the tweet.

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The Beagle Freedom Project shared the message via its Twitter account

“Their adoption has brought such light to our mission and we are so grateful. We send our deepest condolences to the family on the loss of Queen Elizabeth II.”

Twitter users were quick to respond to the heartwarming thread sharing details of Harry and Meghan’s adoption process. “Keep up the good work. From a beagle mum in Australia! It breaks my heart that beautiful breeds are used for such horrendous human treatment,” one fan wrote, while another wrote, “It’s amazing !”

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A third Twitter user kindly shared: ‘Mamma Mia looks gorgeous and hopes she is happy in her new home with Prince Harry and Meghan.

Speaking about Mamma Mia’s rescue, Shannon Keith, an animal rights lawyer who runs the Beagle Freedom Project, told KTTV, “Mama Mia ran to [Harry and Meghan] and we had never seen her do this with anyone before. She just knew it was her people.”

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“Prince Harry sat down on the couch, and she ran over to him and put her paws on his lap. His tail was wagging a million miles a minute,” she added.

The new addition to the family joins fellow beagle Guy and a black Labrador named Pula at Prince Harry and Meghan’s home in Montecito, California.

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Shannon also told the Los Angeles Times that Meghan called her on her cell phone without caller ID. The Duchess simply said: “Hi Shannon, this is Meghan” before engaging in a 30-minute chat about the couple’s interest in the rescue.

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