Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name their new dog at last… and it’s very easy to spell

A rather posh black Labrador.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have named their new dog. © Helena Lopes. Unsplash

Naming a dog can be a difficult process. News of the naming of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newly adopted black Labrador has taken a full week to leak from their Kensington Palace home. But now we know.

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Royal Biographer Sally Bedell Smith has announced that the lucky Lab’s name will be, quite simply: Oz. A strange name for a dog, perhaps, but not one that will cause too much embarrassment when Markle yells it in the park.

A royal name for a dog

Young Oz has yet to make his first public appearance, and is said to be settling into daily life at Nottingham Cottage with the royal couple du jour and their beagle, Guy. The latter travelled with Markle from her previous home in Canada, and even attended the royal wedding in May – sharing a car with Queen Elizabeth!

So what can have inspired this nippy new name? Perhaps the Mountbatten-Windsors are big fans of the nineties HBO prison show, Oz, or the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. It could be that they’re massive Black Sabbath fans (Ozzy Osbourne, right?). Bogart, another of Meghan’s rescue dogs, who sadly had to remain in Toronto when she moved, took the surname of Casablanca leading man, Humphrey.

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There have been a number of other TV characters and bands that have taken that name over the years and who could have inspired Meghan and Harry. Oz is also the abbreviation of ‘ounce,’ which could be a reference to the new dog’s petite stature – if, indeed, the adopted hound is still a puppy.

But more likely, it is a reference to the land of Australia, often shortened to ‘Oz,’ where the couple will make their first royal tour later this autumn.

Read also: Guilty Labrador Offers up an Adorable Apology for the Mess He Made

John is a filmmaker and freelance writer. Specialising in leadership, digital media and personal growth, his passions include world cinema and biscuits. He grew up with a golden Labrador named Abba (both of them were children of the '70s) and is nicknamed "G-Dog" for his dogly approach to life. He lives in London but is always on the move.