The royal duo honored a major relationship milestone when naming their beloved pup.

By Nashia Baker
August 03, 2020
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We know many details about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's whirlwind romance, but one specific piece of information has always been kept under wraps: one of their pups' names. According to People, after the duo exchanged vows in May 2018, they welcomed a black Labrador into their home. We haven't, however, ever learned the pet's moniker—until now, that is. According to the tell-all book Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family ($17.49, amazon.com), Prince Harry and Meghan gave the Lab a name that referenced their romantic getaway in Botswana four years ago: Pula, which is the official currency of the country.

Pula also means "rain" in Setswana (rain is a valuable blessing in the region, due to its scarcity). The pup's name also guarantees that the couple always remembers the voyage that brought them together; it is widely known that Harry and Megan's Botswana trip was a critical turning point in their relationship (it is also allegedly where the couple first said, "I love you").

Prince Harry has confirmed that the 2016 trip—which was arranged after the duo's first two dates—was pivotal. "It was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana," he shared during their post-engagement interview with BBC. "And we camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic."

To honor the life-defining journey and Prince Harry's birthday last September, the Duchess of Sussex recreated their time in Botswana in their own home with a makeshift celebration under the stars. "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," another People source said.

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