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Furry tail wed­ding Move over Harry and Meghan – Stacey says there’s a new royal cou­ple in town, and they’re far more bark­ing...

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Furry tail wed­ding

As soon as I stepped into the hair salon I own with my mum, Andrea, 64, she ex­cit­edly waved a let­ter in my face.

‘Prince Harry’s sec­re­tary says it’s OK,’ she cried.

It was July 2017, and our eightweek-old New­found­land pup, Harry, wasn’t the only bark­ing one in our fam­ily… Mum was, too!

Royal-mad, she’d writ­ten to Ken­sington Palace to ask for Harry’s bless­ing to name our puppy after him.

We’d col­lected Harry from a breeder just a cou­ple of months ear­lier. When we’d cho­sen him at four weeks old, he’d been a tiny bun­dle of fluff but, bring­ing him home a month later, he’d turned into a wreck­ing ball!

‘He’s as bois­ter­ous as Prince Harry on a stag night,’ Mum laughed as he sent a cof­fee cup fly­ing with his wag­ging tail.

Me and Mum de­cided to share Harry: Fri­day to Tues­day with me and the rest of the week with her.

We took him to work at Re­flex­ions ev­ery day, and our clients loved him!

He grew – and grew.

I quickly learnt to move ev­ery­thing at tail level be­fore his vis­its, and to hide all my hus­band Kevin’s socks – Harry’s favourite food!

In March 2018, Elaine, who some­times dog-sits Harry, popped into the salon.

‘I’ve had a bril­liant idea,’ she gig­gled. ‘Let’s find a dog called Meghan to marry your Harry.’

It was only weeks un­til the real Meghan Markle was due to walk down the aisle – the date had been in Mum’s di­ary since it was an­nounced. But, hold the press, this could be even big­ger! ‘Yes!’ me and Mum cried.

So, that evening, Elaine put a post on Face­book. Five dogs called Meghan ap­plied to be Harry’s bride.

‘They’re all gor­geous – how do we choose?’ I laughed, sit­ting down to pick our favourite. ‘What do you think, Harry?’

He was too busy lob­bing his blue squeaky di­nosaur around to of­fer an opin­ion.

One of his po­ten­tial brides was a pedi­gree springer spaniel who com­peted in shows.

‘She’s pretty and posh – the right cre­den­tials to be a princess,’ we de­cided.

The cer­e­mony was to be held in Mum’s gar­den – not quite Wind­sor Cas­tle, but she had a beau­ti­ful arch of roses, per­fect for the pup­tials!

We set the date for three days be­fore the hu­man do – well, Mum wasn’t miss­ing that for all the sou­venir teacups made in China!

Harry ran up to sniff her bum

Elaine mea­sured Harry up for his tuxedo – he weighed 9st now – and Meghan for her white veil.

Then we asked Harry’s mates, Shadow and Isla, from our lo­cal New­found­land Club, to be best man and brides­maid.

‘Are you ner­vous, Harry?’ I asked on the morn­ing of his big day.

He didn’t seem it. In fact, when he saw Meghan, he raced up to her to sniff her bum!

‘Harry!’ I scolded. Meghan, though, was far more re­fined and la­dy­like.

The guest list was ex­clu­sive: just me, Mum, Meghan’s owner He­len, Elaine and her hubby, John. Well, we wouldn’t have been able to fit El­ton John’s pi­ano in the gar­den any­way!

Though we did find a life-sized card­board cut-out of Harry and Meghan, which took pride of place at the al­tar.

As Puppy Love by Donny Os­mond played, we walked Harry and Meghan down the aisle.

Just one hitch – Harry was too big to fit through the arch of roses! Elaine per­formed the cer­e­mony. ‘Harry, do you prom­ise to bark, bounce and be a loyal friend to Meghan?’ she asked.

She pre­sented them with a bis­cuit to seal the deal.

Then they tucked in to the wed­ding cake – mashed-up kib­ble with chicken and rice.

Now we’re plan­ning to get Harry and Meghan to­gether for a play date ev­ery an­niver­sary, with Shadow and Isla, too.

As Prince Harry em­barks on a life of royal duty as a mar­ried man, his ca­nine dou­ble is qual­i­fy­ing to be­come a ther­apy dog.

He’ll visit peo­ple in hos­pi­tals, just as the real Harry does. But we know HRH – His Royal Hound­ness – will be the most pop­u­lar prince in town!

Stacey Kil­patrick,

31, Kirk­caldy,

Fife

Puppy love!

(L-R) Me, Mum and Meghan’s owner, He­len, held a wed­ding fit for roy­alty

The hu­man Harry and Meghan tied the knot three days later

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