Dogs steal Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's hearts as they step out in Sussex

Forget the Declaration of Independence. Forget the kid "flossing" in the background and the teacher who refused to let go of Prince Harry's hand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their royal debut in their namesake county  -- and the day was all about the dogs.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were greeted by thousands of wellwishers and more than a few four-legged friends on Wednesday. Of course, being the dog lovers they are, Harry and Meghan made a beeline for the canines, shaking a few hands and smiling for the cameras along the way. 

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The Duchess of Sussex pats a dog during a walkabout at Edes House, West Street, Chichester, as part of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's joint official visit to Sussex. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex strokes a golden retriever of a well-wisher as he arrives for an engagement at Edes House during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Edes House in Chichester during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Sussex, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen greeting crowds in Chichester during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen greeting crowds in Chichester during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen greeting crowds in Chichester during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen greeting crowds in Chichester during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen greeting crowds in Chichester during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive in Chichester, West Sussex, southern England, on October 3, 2018 for an engagement at Edes House. - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first joint official visit to Sussex on October 3. Their Royal Highnesses paused to greet members of the public gathered on West Street en route to Edes House where they viewed the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Edes House during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greet wellwishers on arrival in Chichester, West Sussex, southern England, on October 3, 2018 for an engagement at Edes House. - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first joint official visit to Sussex on October 3. Their Royal Highnesses paused to greet members of the public gathered on West Street en route to Edes House where they viewed the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greet wellwishers on arrival in Chichester, West Sussex, southern England, on October 3, 2018 for an engagement at Edes House. - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first joint official visit to Sussex on October 3. Their Royal Highnesses paused to greet members of the public gathered on West Street en route to Edes House where they viewed the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
BOGNOR REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the University of Chichester's Engineering and Digital Technology Park during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Sussex, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Edes House in Chichester, West Sussex, southern England, on October 3, 2018 for an engagement. - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first joint official visit to Sussex on October 3. Their Royal Highnesses paused to greet members of the public gathered on West Street en route to Edes House where they viewed the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the University of Chichester's Engineering and Digital Technology Park during an official visit to West Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Dukeof Sussex wear safety spectacles at The University of Chichester Tech Park during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at The University of Chichester Tech Park during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at The University of Chichester Tech Park during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Wednesday's event marked the first time the couple was in Sussex after receiving their titles from Queen Elizabeth on their wedding day. Their trip consisted of a visit to the Declaration of Independence, tours of Chichester and Brighton and meeting with the organization Survivors' Network, which brings together victims of sexual abuse and assault. 

While visiting the organization, the duchess was gifted a cartoon drawing of her beagle Guy. 

News emerged this past summer that the newlyweds expanded their family to include Oz, a Labrador Retriever. Oz joins Guy, who moved across the pond to join Meghan in her Kensington Palace home. Bogart, a rescue mix, was adopted by Meghan's friends in Canada after it was revealed he was too ill to travel overseas. 

See more of their trip in the video above! 

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CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex strokes a golden retriever of a well-wisher as he arrives for an engagement at Edes House during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) and wife Meghan (2R), Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet the dogs of Ireland's President Michael Higgins and wife Sabina on arrival at the Presidential mansion on the second day of their visit in Dublin on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MAXWELLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAXWELLS/AFP/Getty Images)
LYMPSTONE, DEVON - SEPTEMBER 13: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks with Royal Marine Phil Eaglesham and his dog Cooper, during his visit The Royal Marines Commando Training Centre on September 13, 2018 in Lympstone, United Kingdom. The Duke arrived at the centre in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter for his first visit in his role as Captain General Royal Marines. He met with new recruits undergoing training as well as the Invictus Games Racing Team. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LYMPSTONE, DEVON - SEPTEMBER 13: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks with Royal Marine Phil Eaglesham and his dog Cooper, during his visit The Royal Marines Commando Training Centre on September 13, 2018 in Lympstone, United Kingdom. The Duke arrived at the centre in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter for his first visit in his role as Captain General Royal Marines. He met with new recruits undergoing training as well as the Invictus Games Racing Team. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex strokes a golden retriever of a well-wisher as he arrives for an engagement at Edes House during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: Prince Harry pets a dog as he greets the crowds leaving The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ahead of the Invictus Games 2017 on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 16: Britain's Prince Harry speaks with former Armed Services member Philip Eaglesham, left, with his Assistance Dog Cooper, as he leads a panel discussion at King's College on March 16, 2017 in London, England, Prince Harry attended the Veterans' Mental Health Conference where he led a panel discussion with three veterans on the benefits of having open conversations and getting the right support for a range of mental health issues. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BATH, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, with Jester the dog as he attends the UK team trials for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 held at the University of Bath on April 7, 2017 in Bath, England. The Invictus Games is the only international sport event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran and was an idea developed by Prince Harry after he visited the Warrior Games in Colorado USA. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Prince Harry pats a dog as he plays street hockey as part of the Streetsport initiative during a visit to Robert Gordon University on September 20, 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 12: Prince Harry dries a service dog after it raced in the pool during with its Invictus competitor handlers on the final day of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando for the Invictus Games 2016. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 12: Prince Harry helps a service dog out from the pool as they take part in a race in the pool with their Invictus competitor handlers on the final day of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando for the Invictus Games 2016. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 06: Prince Harry meets a medical alert dog as he visits venues ahead of Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 6, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando ahead of the opening of Invictus Games which will open on Sunday. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games)
HOEDSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Prince Harry with a Ranger Tracker dog as he visits the South African Wildlife College on December 2, 2015 in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Prince Harry is visiting South Africa as part of a Royal Tour that has included the Opening of a new Charity Centre for children in Lesotho (Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre) and includes stops in Durban, Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KEMPIANA, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Prince Harry meets 'killer', a specialist anti-poaching dog as he visits Southern African Wildlife College, a flagship centre close to Kruger National Park, during an official visit to Africa on December 2, 2015 in Kempiana, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 12: Prince Harry pats a dog as he meets the public at Cashel Street Mall on May 12, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
VALPARAISO, CHILE - JUNE 28: Prince Harry pats a dog as he meets members of the public outside Valpariso Firestation on June 28, 2014 in Valpariso, Chile. Firefighters from Valpariso were involved in dealing with the devastating forest fires that hit the area in April. Prince Harry is on a three day tour of Chile after visiting Brazil. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Harry meets Jonathan Flint and his assistance dog at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony during the Invictus Games at Queen Elizabeth park on September 14, 2014 in London, England. The International sports event for 'wounded warriors', presented by Jaguar Land Rover was an idea developed by Prince Harry after he visited the Warrior Games in Colorado USA. The four day event has brought together thirteen teams from around the world to compete in nine events such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry plays with Prince William's and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's dog 'Lupo' after playing in the Audi Polo Challenge charity polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club on May 13, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry plays with Prince William's and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's dog 'Lupo' after playing in the Audi Polo Challenge charity polo match, at Coworth Park Polo Club on May 13, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry plays with a dog after playing in the Audi Polo Challenge polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club on May 7, 2011 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Harry meets Alison Wyatt and her new dog Maddy who have recently been partnered, during a visit to the charity Canine Partners Training Centre in Midhurst in Sussex. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Harry meets Trudy a Golden Retriever puppy being trained during a visit to the charity Canine Partners Training Centre in Midhurst in Sussex. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Images via Getty Images)
MIDHURST, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13: Prince Harry holds an eight week old puppy called Veyron during a visit to the charity Canine Partners Training Centre on July 13, 2010 in Midhurst, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SEMONGKONG - JUNE 17: Prince Harry pets a puppy during a visit to the Semongkong Children's Centre on June 17, 2010 in Semongkong, Lesotho. The Princes are on a joint trip to Southern Africa to visit projects supported by their respective charities Tusk Trust (Prince William) and Sentebale (Prince Harry). (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) HRH Prince Harry plays with a dog prior to playing polo in the Westbury shield charity match at Coworth Polo Club on July 5, 2009 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
The Prince Of Wales And Princes William & Harry Attend A Photocall At Balmoral. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
CIRENCESTER - MAY: (FILE PHOTO) Prince William and Prince Harry play around together at Cirencester Park polo club in May, 1995 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Prince Harry plays with the dogs owned by Andrew Gailey, the housemaster of Manor House at Eton. (Photo by � Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Prince Harry son of the Prince and Princess of Wales stroking Arkie the dog while on holiday in Majorca Circa August 1988. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
PALMA, MAJORCA - AUGUST 10: Prince Harry plays with a dog with Princess Diana, Princess of Wales during a holiday in Majorca on August 10, 1987 in Palma, Majorca. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
MAJORCA-AUGUST 10 : (FILE PHOTO) Prince Harry cuddles a dog whilst on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10 , 1987. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
PALMA, MAJORCA - AUGUST 10: Prince William and Prince Harry play with a dog during a holiday in Majorca on August 10, 1987 in Palma, Majorca. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
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