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.

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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