Rogue Dog Steals Show at Castle as Princes, Meghan and Kate Greet Public

Princes William and Harry, and their partners Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greeted crowds outside Windsor Castle on Saturday, following the death of Britain's longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

As the four viewed tributes to the late queen and spoke to mourners and well-wishers, one unusual attendant captured attention during coverage.

As the royals prepared to wave goodbye to the crowd and depart in a nearby car, eagle-eyed viewers of the BBC coverage of the event noticed a small dog, that appeared to be a grey schnauzer, had made his way to the other side of the metal barrier as panicked owners quickly tried to bring the pup back.

Prince William, and Kate Middleton
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, wave to the crowds on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022. Getty

The rare view of the brothers together also marked the first time the Duchess of Sussex has been seen in such close proximity to the new prince and princess of Wales since stepping back from royal duties in March 2020. British media, citing royal sources, reported that Prince William invited his brother and wife to join him and the new Princess of Wales on their walk to greet the public at the eleventh hour.

There have been rumors of a family divide since the Sussexes stepped back from royal duties and shared dramatic revelations in a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey. The scenes on Saturday were reminiscent of the earlier days of Meghan's time with the royal family when the group was referred to as the Fab Four.

But amid speculation and conversation following the royals' public appearance, the internet's attention turned to the unruly pup who jumped into the spotlight after carefully shifting himself underneath the barrier.

On TikTok, user rachel.._4 shared a clip of the moment as she watched on television and wrote: "All I could watch was the little dog on the wrong side of the barrier." The clip had garnered over 6,000 likes at time of writing.

Other viewers of the stand-out moment were quick to share their thoughts too. One commenter wrote: "The star of the show. I kept wondering how they got the dog back."

"It's the stubbornness of the dog for me," laughed another viewer.

Another TikTok user wrote: "The Queen would have loved this. She loved dogs."

Indeed, the queen's love of dogs was well documented, herself the owner of a number of corgis, a dorgi, and two cocker spaniels.

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward told Newsweek before the monarch's death: "She loves animals and she absolutely adores dogs. She always has done, they were her first love and they will be her last."

In 1933, when young Princess Elizabeth was 7 years old, family friends had a corgi and she wanted one too, according to the BBC. Shortly afterward, her father, soon to be King George VI, brought home a corgi dog named Dookie from a local kennel and this marked the beginning of her devotion to the breed.

On her 18th birthday, Princess Elizabeth was gifted her very own Pembroke corgi named Susan who even accompanied the princess and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip on their honeymoon.

The pup captured by cameras on Saturday is far from the only dog to accompany its owner to pay tribute to the late queen, with families and their dogs arriving at various royal residences including Buckingham Palace and Balmoral Castle.

"Dog thought the grass was greener on the other side," said one commenter after seeing the dog on the wrong side of the barrier. "Heard about the life of the Corgis and wanted to become royal..."

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