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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s black Labrador dog’s name has been revealed and it has a very special meaning to the couple.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they had rescued a dog in summer 2018 but had kept the name of the pet pup under wraps, saying “people kept getting her name wrong”.
However, in new best-selling biography Finding Freedom, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have revealed that the dog is in fact called Pula.
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According to the authors of the book, the name is particularly important to the couple, as Pula is the official currency of Botswana, where Harry and Meghan took their first trip together when they first started dating.
Pula means “rain” in Setswana and is sacred in Botswana, where rain is rare and is considered a blessing.
It comes after an extract from the book revealed that Harry was the first to tell Meghan that he loved her, just months into their relationship.
It is said that the pair felt a "palpable attraction" to one another after their first date in London's Soho with Harry telling friends "this could have legs" after being left in a "trance."
Their first date lasted three hours, with them returning to Dean Street Townhouse the very next night to meet again.
Following their second date, where they used the staff entrance usually used to bring fish into the restaurant, Harry returned to Kensington Palace alone, but admitted to friends that the at the time actress was "ticking every box."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Just two days after their first meeting, Harry invited the Suits star to Kensington Palace where he impressed her with stories about his work and life, admitting he was a "little mad."
Six weeks later, Harry instructed Meghan to fly to London, where they then headed to Johannesburg before moving to Okavango Delta, a wetland in Botswana's safari country.
A friend of Meghan, who is just one of over 100 sources that has contributed to the book, said: "She came back smiling and just completely spellbound."
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Meghan is believed to have told the pal: "I've never felt that safe, that close to someone in such a short amount of time."
The friend added: "By then, they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a for ever thing."
Just three months after their first meeting, Harry said "I love you," with Meghan said to be quick to reply.
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