Date night for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry isn’t all thigh-high slits, dad jokes and chatting about baby Sussex’s impending arrival. According to actor and documentarian, Ross Kemp, who caught up with the couple at last night’s Endeavour Fund Awards at Drapers’ Hall in London, they also love talking about their fur family.
Kemp revealed that during his conversation with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the awards show, which honors wounded and injured service members on their way to rehabilitation, they dished on their new Labrador retriever puppy, Oz.
“We talked about how they’ve got a puppy, and we got a puppy before we had our first boy,” Kemp told People. “It’s a preparation for nappy changing and pooing basically.” (FYI: Nappies are a Britishism for diapers.)
The 37-year-old duchess and 34-year-old duke added Oz to their family in September ahead of their royal tour of Oceania. Some speculated Oz could be a reference to Australia (aka Aus), one of the countries they visited, or even to Prince Charles’s old pal Ozzy Osbourne.
Either way, we can all agree that adding a puppy to the fold is great baby training, what with the interrupted sleep, excessive amounts of pee and general cuteness.
Thankfully, Oz has Markle’s rescue beagle Guy to help him learn the royal ropes (he does have audience with the queen, after all). Sadly, Markle’s other pooch, Bogart, prefers to stay out of the limelight and opted to stay in the U.S. with friends instead of relocating to the U.K. when Markle and Harry wed (OK, maybe it wasn’t entirely his decision). Hopefully he’s sharing brotherly advice with Oz from across the pond.
Still, the question remains: Will Guy write about Oz in the sequel to his book, His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle: The Remarkable True Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue Dog?