A dog owner has shared the tender moment her Labrador puppy ‘comforted’ grieving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside Windsor Castle following the Queen’s death
Prince Harry and Louis the Lab found comfort in each other
As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at Windsor Castle on Saturday to greet royal fans paying their respects to the late Queen, many special exchanges were captured on camera. Prince Harry shared a touching moment of mourning with a loving Labrador puppy while his wife, Meghan Markle, greeted the well-wishing crowd.
The beloved dog named Louis belongs to Sarah Gracie, from Surrey, who says he loves being “cuddled, petted and surrounded by people”. Sarah was delighted to meet the royal couple and said she “witnessed a really beautiful moment at such a difficult time for them.”
Prince Harry shared a special moment with the beloved pooch
Meghan Markle was comforted by Labrador Louis too
Sarah uploaded photographs of Harry with her beautiful Labrador Louis on Twitter, writing: “When our little pup Louis met Meghan and Harry as we paid our respects to The Queen.”
Royal fans were besotted with the pictures and shared their love of dogs in the replies.
One person tweeted: “Look at that pup… eyes closed under Harry’s touch… complete trust. Dogs know and recognise good people.”
Another commented: “I think that says a lot about Meghan and Harry and what matters to them. I’m sure Louis provided a little comfort in a difficult day.”
Sarah posted a second tweet with another shot of the exchange from afar, writing: “Our darling puppy Louis with Prince Harry. Louis paying his respects as well.”
Beneath the post, one fan simply wrote: “Photo of the decade.”
Royal fans were touched by the couple’s surprise visit
Spectators praised the dog for being a calming presence
“Louis looks like he’s giving Harry some much needed comfort,” another said, while a third tweeted: “I have never seen a better picture of someone who needed a dog’s love.”
Sarah was overwhelmed with comments and likes, and posted: “Thank you everyone for your lovely comments about our precious Louis.
“We witnessed a really beautiful moment at such a difficult time for them. Louis had the best day and is at his happiest when he is being cuddled, petted and surrounded by people.”
In another emotional video, Prince William was heard reminding the public how valued pets are during dark times.
He greeted a dog in the Windsor crowd and said: “Doggies at this time are very important.”
The heartwarming comment made Kate and fellow spectators smile, and touched the hearts of people online.
Lyndsey Phillips, who filmed the clip, said: “Feel so lucky that we were able to be at Windsor Castle when Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan were doing their surprise visit to take in all the wonderful flowers and tributes.”