Ellen DeGeneres made big decision for Meghan Markle on first meeting: ‘Told me to do it’

Meghan Markle says Archie ‘loves being a big brother’

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Meghan Markle dazzled on the Ellen DeGeneres show on Thursday in her first interview since the bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year. The Duchess opened up on life back in her native California and her New York Times bestselling children’s book ‘The Bench’. She told Ellen an adorable story about how Archie identified the Sussex family’s two dogs — a beagle named Guy and a black labrador named Pula — who both appear in Meghan’s book.

She mimicked her son’s voice and said: “On that first page you open and you see our dogs and he goes, ‘That’s Pula! That’s Guy!’”

Meghan shared a more recent photo of Archie, two, with Ellen and spoke about his five-month old sister Lilibet, and revealed she is teething.

The interview went down amazingly well with fans, as Twitter user MimiRoche commented: “Funny, happy, goofy Meghan is back. She is thriving!”

Meghan and Ellen have been friends for years, dating back to a chance meeting at a dog shelter in Los Angeles in 2012.

At the time, Meghan was preparing for the filming of the second season of Suits, the show which really propelled her into the Hollywood spotlight.

Meghan has an adopt-not-shop philosophy when it comes to pets. After marrying her former husband Trevor Engelson, the pair headed off to an LA pet adoption agency.

Two puppies stood out immediately — a black one and a golden one — both just six weeks old and had just been rescued.

Meghan was sitting with the two puppies when Ellen and Portia de Rossi walked in.

Speaking to Best Health in 2016, Meghan recalled: “Now I don’t know her, but Ellen goes ‘is that your dog?’ and I said ‘no’, and she’s like ‘you have to take that dog’.

“I said ‘well, I’m deciding’ and she’s like, ‘rescue the dog’. It’s sort of like if Oprah tells you to do something.”

Ellen was not finished there, however.

Meghan recalled: “I’m sitting there holding him and she’s like, ‘Have you thought of a name for him yet?’ and I said ‘well I think I’d name him Bogart’ and she’s like ‘you’re taking the dog home’.”

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Ellen left the shop to get into her car, but quickly returned to tap on the glass window of the shop, and yelled “take the dog!”.

Meghan said: “And so I brought him home. Because Ellen told me to.”

Meghan adopted the golden puppy, while a man called David Branson Smith took the black one.

She later contacted Mr Smith, after wondering whether the dogs would recognise each other.

They organised a reunion on a beach in Malibu. Sally Bedell Smith, Mr Smith’s mother and Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ biographer, said Otto, the black dog, jumped out of the car and charged towards Bogart.

They played together for more than an hour but never met up again.

Bogs, as Meghan’s dog became affectionately known, soon became Meghan’s best friend, and regularly featured on her Instagram feed. Meghan adopted another dog, a beagle named Guy, in 2015.

Bogart, however, was unable to move to the UK with the Duchess due to his old age. Guy did accompany her and made himself right at home.

Meghan and Harry later adopted Pula, a black labrador, shortly after their wedding.

Meghan stayed in touch with Ellen and they have remained friends ever since.

An insider told the Daily Mail last year: “Meghan adores Ellen and loves the fact that she and Portia are huge animal lovers.

“She said they have stayed in touch since meeting in person and have become close.”

The close-knit friendship shone through in Thursday’s chat as Meghan and Ellen discussed how the Duchess would turn up to auditions in a “very old Ford Explore Sport” and would have to climb out of the boot of the car as the key had stopped working on the driver’s side.

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