Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were "comforted" by a Labrador while meeting members of the public in Windsor.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen over the weekend on a walkabout around Windsor, as onlookers went along to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II following her death on Thursday 8 September.
The couple joined the new Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, and it was the first time the royal couples were seen in public together since Prince Phillip's funeral in April 2021.
While they were sharing in their grief with the public, the couple were clearly captivated by a furry friend: a Labrador called Louis.
Owner of the pooch Sarah-Gracie shared several photos of her beloved pup meeting the royal couple on Twitter, captioning the snaps: "When our little pup Louis met Meghan and Harry as we paid our respects to The Queen".
The pair were clearly enamoured with Louis, with them both leaning down to cuddle and pet him.
One fan wrote in reply to the sweet snaps: "Awww that's your dog… thank you for comforting Harry and Meghan. They need the love."
Another chimed in response: "I'm sure they appreciated the comfort your beautiful pup brought!"
Many also praised Louis for being so well behaved when meeting the royals, with one writing: "A dog can sense emotion it probably helped Megan and Harry get through the day. A little pick me up on a tough emotional day. Give Louis a scratch and cuddle he's a good boy."
"Look at that pup…eyes closed under Harry's touch…complete trust. Dogs know & recognize good ppl," wrote another.
Sarah-Gracie was overwhelmed with the response to her pooch meeting the royals and thanked everyone for their lovely messages.
"Thank you everyone for your lovely comments about our precious Louis. We witnessed a really beautiful moment at such a difficult time for them," she tweeted.
She added: "Louis had the best day and is at his happiest when he is being cuddled, petted and surrounded by people."
The Sussexes are big animal lovers, and last month adopted their own pooch: a seven year old rescue dog called Momma Mia.
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On Monday 12 September, Prince Harry published a moving statement in memory of his 'Granny' on the couple's Archewell website.
He wrote of his 'first meetings' with the late monarch as he said: "Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.
"I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III."
He ended poignantly: "Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace."
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