Prince Harry turned 30 years old back in September. The rumor going around the UK tabloids was that Harry really, really wanted a puppy for his birthday. His birthday came and went and there were no stories about Harry with a new puppy, so I guess Harry probably had a somewhat crappy birthday. But Duchess Kate is trying to ensure that Harry finally gets what he wants for Christmas. Except it will probably be later than that.
Prince Harry could soon be snuggling up with a cute new companion during the long, cold winter nights, I can reveal. But the party-loving prince is not getting back together with his on/off girlfriend Cressida Bonas over the festive period. Instead, he’s set to become the proud new owner of a pet puppy.
Word reaches me that Harry’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, has made enquiries about buying a yellow labrador for Harry as a Christmas present from her and Prince William. According to Royal sources, Kate has learned of a litter which is due at the end of November through Drakeshead, which has been successfully breeding and training gun dogs for the past 45 years.
A source tells me that once the puppies are born, Harry, 30, will choose his own to take back to his home at Kensington Palace. Kate is apparently keen to have another dog around the Palace so that her spaniel Lupo has a companion during walks around the area.
I’m told: ‘Kate knows how much Harry loves Lupo, and how much joy he brings him, so it makes sense he should have his own puppy. Apparently she is willing to look after the dog if Harry has to go abroad for Royal duties or with the Army.’
It has previously been reported that Harry was keen to get a puppy for his 30th birthday in September, but in the end it was decided that Christmas would be the perfect occasion for a new pet. The source added: ‘Kate and William worry that Harry gets lonely living on his own, so a pet puppy would be a great solution.’
When Harry first started dating budding actress Cressida, her family had a litter of puppies at their country house, and friends say the Prince delighted in playing with the little bundles of joy in their pen in the corner of the kitchen. The couple were together for two years before splitting up in April, although they have since been spotted enjoying a couple of low-key dates, including a trip to the cinema in September.
Now the next question on everyone’s lips is what His Royal Highness will call his new pet?
[From The Daily Mail]
Isn’t the puppy/kitten season usually in the Spring? But I guess dogs and cats are having litters all year round. Still, it seems like it should be relatively simple to find Lab puppies all over the place, especially in a dog-centric country like England. And why not a rescue? Still, I look forward to seeing Harry finally get a puppy. Lupo probably does need a doggy playmate. Or at the very least, Prince George needs a new puppy best friend.
Meanwhile, Harry made some very interesting comments when he was traveling in Abu Dhabi. He was raising money for his Sentebale charity (the money goes to children in Lesotho) and he admitted that some of the Sentebale funds did not go where they were supposed to:
He said the charity “started really, really small, a very small group of us saying we’re not going to use the funds for other people, it’s going to be all for the kids and pretending we knew what we were doing…Ten years down the line we have made a couple of mistakes and in turn learned from our mistakes. There are so many charities that are, dare I say it, built around egos. A lot of charities survive on those egos. But from my point of view and from us at the foundation, being in that position we have the opportunity to bring so many people that are doing great things together to improve things quicker, rather than waiting five years.”
[From E! News]
Apparently, in the first years of Sentebale, only 8% of the money raised was going to Lesotho, but by 2010, 65% of the money was going to Lesotho. Which still isn’t a great number. When I first read the “so many charities built around egos” quote, I’ll admit it, my first thought was that Harry threw some shade at Prince William. Maybe Harry doesn’t care for the idea of pay-for-play royalty, even if the money goes towards charity. Maybe Harry doesn’t like how William’s charities operate?
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Duchess Kate is finally getting Prince Harry a labrador puppy for Christmas