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Do Royals Actually Walk Their Own Dogs?

Harper's Bazaar logo Harper's Bazaar 9/14/2018 Erica Gonzales
a group of people standing next to a dog: Meghan Markle was reportedly seen walking her dog outside Kensington Palace yesterday, though Palace aides are denying that was her. Here, we investigate how hands-on royals are with caring for their four-legged friends. © Getty / Splash Meghan Markle was reportedly seen walking her dog outside Kensington Palace yesterday, though Palace aides are denying that was her. Here, we investigate how hands-on royals are with caring for their four-legged friends.

On Wednesday, Meghan Markle was reportedly seen walking her dog and cleaning up after it-or was she? Miami-based reporter Lisa Petrillo tweeted a photo that appeared to show the Duchess of Sussex walking her pup outside of Kensington Palace, but palace sources denied that the woman in the photo was Meghan. Petrillo insisted on Instagram that she met the Duchess and pet her dog, and though some royal watchers believed her, others remained skeptical.

But even if we never learn whether that dog walker was Meghan or not, we can't help but wonder: Do royals even walk their own dogs in the first place? And do they clean up after them?

a person holding a dog on a leash: Markle with her beagle in 2016. © Splash News Markle with her beagle in 2016.

"Members of the royal family are just like you and I when it comes to walking their dogs. From the Queen to Princess Anne and even Duchess Kate, they have all been spotted walking their four-legged friends around the numerous royal estates and parks over the years," royal commentator Omid Scobie tells BAZAAR.com.

"And yes, when it comes to dealing with a dog’s, ahem, business, no royal has been too proud to handle things themselves," he added.

a man holding a dog: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex greeting one of the President of Ireland’s dogs. © MAXWELLS - Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex greeting one of the President of Ireland’s dogs.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig says royals are more likely to walk their dogs in private rather in public parks. "They have homes with lawns or grass behind walls," the royal historian and founder of the Royal Musings blog explained to BAZAAR.com.

"The Queen has Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Balmoral, and Sandringham. She or a footman might walk the dog, but poop laws don’t apply to private property," she added. "I would assume that someone picks up the poopies but the royal doggie doo is not in my area of expertise."

That doesn't mean that royal pups don't make public appearances at all. The Duchess of Cambridge has brought Lupo to polo matches (on a leash, of course) in the past.

a person holding a dog: Lupo and Kate at Beaufort Polo Club in 2012. © Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images Lupo and Kate at Beaufort Polo Club in 2012.

Princess Anne has been spotted walking with her bull terriers at the Gatcombe Horse Trials. She was also recently seen with one of her pups at the Festival of the British Eventing last month.

a person holding a dog on a leash: Princess Anne and her dogs at Gatcombe Park in 2013 © Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images Princess Anne and her dogs at Gatcombe Park in 2013

Even little Mia Tindall, Zara and Mike Tindall's daughter, was seen walking with her family dog, Spey, in Gatcombe Park last year.

a person holding a dog on a leash: Gatcombe Horse Trials © Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images Gatcombe Horse Trials

And of course, there were the Queen and her corgis, though her last one sadly passed away in April. Luckily, Her Majesty still has her two dorgis (a dachsund/corgi mix) to keep her company.

a person and a dog on a leash: The Queen with her dogs at Balmoral in 1974. © Anwar Hussein - Getty Images The Queen with her dogs at Balmoral in 1974.

Scobie says the Queen was "spotted just a few days ago with her last remaining dogs, Vulcan and Candy, on a walk around Balmoral."

"In the past I’ve seen Kate walking Lupo in Kensington Gardens and she was just like any of the many dog-walkers there-armed with a tennis ball in one coat pocket and a plastic bag in the other," he said. "They were having great fun together!"

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