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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s sweet name for black Labrador finally revealed

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Shortly after getting married in 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex adopted the rescue dog into their home. Meghan and Harry have never publicly revealed the name of their pooch but joked people kept getting her name wrong.

The new tell-all book, Finding Freedom, is set to be released this month and has revealed the special name for the pooch.

Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand announced the name of the Labrador as Pula.

Pula is the official currency of Botswana in Africa and means “rain” in Setswana.

As rain is scarce in the country, it is considered valuable and a blessing.

But there is also another special reason behind the name.

Prince Harry took Meghan to Botswana when they first started dating.

The trip was organised to celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday and allowed the couple time to get to know each other.

They returned to the African country in 2017 where they helped Dr Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders.

Here they aided in conservation efforts to protect the animals.

The trip to Botswana seems to have a special place in their hearts and Meghan recreated their time there for Harry’s 35th birthday last year.

A source previously told PEOPLE: “Meghan recreated their Botswana camping adventures in their backyard.

“It’s a place that means so much to them – and to Harry in particular – so Meghan wanted to bring that happy place to him on his day so she set up a tent, got sleeping bags, cooked dinner and recreated Botswana where they fell in love.”

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Meghan has a long history of animal welfare and became patron of the organisation Mayhew in January 2019.

She has previously adopted two rescue dogs, Bogart, and her beloved beagle, Guy.

Her love for animals has been passed on to her son who reportedly is “best friends with his dogs”.

A source said: “They make him laugh and are gentle with him.”

The couple hit the headlines in January this year after announcing they are stepping away from Royal duties.

They have since moved to Los Angeles with their one-year-old son, Archie, and have been residing there during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This month, the new tell-all book will be released and will shine a light on the couple and their exit from the Royal Family.

A spokesperson for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.

“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.

Although Meghan and Harry have not been interviewed for the book, it will “reveal unknown details of their lives together”.

The book, which has been serialised in the Times and Sunday Times, will be an “honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world”.

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