Most celebrities meet Ellen for the first time at a showbiz party or when they're appearing on her world famous (and currently controversial) TV talk show. But new book Finding Freedom, written by journalists Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, recalls how Meghan Markle first met the famous comedian. And it's a story we weren't expecting.
The Duchess has two dogs Bogart, a Lab/Shepherd mix, and Guy, a Beagle - but she only adopted Bogart because she met Ellen at the shelter.
'Although Meghan didn't grow up with pets, Bogs, as she called him, became the object of her devotion and in heavy rotation on her Instagram feed,' the book says. 'But she credits Ellen DeGeneres as the reason she adopted the Lab mix.'
The book details that Meghan was at the shelter, cuddling her future pet, when the talk show host walked in with her wife Portia de Rossi. Ellen apparently asked Meghan if Bogs was her dog - but when Meghan said no, Ellen wasn't having any of it.
'The two women had never met,' the book continues. 'And although Meghan, of course, knew Ellen, Ellen had no idea who she was. Still, the famous comedian said to her: "You have to take that dog."' And apparently, when Ellen left, she tapped the window and yelled at Meghan again to take the pet home.
'How could she refuse,' the book adds. '"It's sort of like when Oprah tells you to do something," Meghan said. "I brought him home. Because Ellen told me to."'
Well, it worked - as not only did Meghan adopt Bogs but two years later, she adopted another dog, a beagle called Guy.
The Duchess had previously spoken about the strange encounter with Best Health magazine (which is where the quotes from her are from) and Ellen also confirmed the story years later on EllenTube.
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