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Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome new family member - ‘Besotted!’

Kate Middleton thanks nurses for 'fantastic' work

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lost their family dog Lupo last year. They called the occasion “very sad” in an emotional Instagram post announcing the news.

However, the royal couple and their three children are understood to have been given a new dog by Kate Middleton’s brother.

James Middleton has bred dogs since 2011 and gave the Cambridges a black cocker spaniel that is around eight months old, according to reports.

The new puppy’s name is not known, but it is the same breed as the late Lupo.

Lupo is understood to be the new dogs’ uncle.

William and Kate smiling

William and Kate (pictured) and their children are said to be very fond of the puppy (Image: Mark Cuthbert / UK Press / Getty)

The family were given the new puppy before Lupo passed away.

A source, who described themselves as a friend of the couple, told the Mail on Sunday: “They were devastated when Lupo passed away, as any dog owner will understand, but got the new puppy before he died.

“The new puppy is adorable and the whole family is besotted.”

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James Middleton

James Middleton, pictured, has spoken out about dogs and mental health in the past (Image: Kirsty O'Connor / PA Archive / PA Images)

Mr Middleton also gifted the family Lupo back in 2012 when Prince William was deployed to the Falklands as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot.

James once described dogs as live-saving in terms of the companionship they offer.

Speaking about his own mental health, James Middleton previously wrote on Instagram: “Dogs don’t just change lives, they save them.

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Prince Harry with Lupo

The late Lupo, pictured here with Prince Harry in 2012 (Image: Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty)

“I had an honest conversation with Sean Fletcher for BBC's Sunday Live program with Pets As Therapy talking about how dogs can change lives in so many different ways.”

He added: “I truly believe animals are medicine and they really are incredible for our own wellbeing.”

In other royal news, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been granted access to the Queen’s Sandringham House specifically for work purposes.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be able to use the Queen’s estate to make royal video calls.

The Queen with Kate Kiddleton and Prince William

The Queen is understood to have granted William and Kate access to the Sandringham estate for work purposes (Image: Geoff Pugh / AFP / Getty)

Kate Middleton has filmed a clip in the property in which she praised the efforts of nurses throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple normally reside in their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

Prince William also recently phoned a doctors’ surgery in Yately to hear about the efforts being made to vaccinate as many vulnerable patients as possible.

Dr Gareth Robinson, Managing Partner at Oakley Heath Group, called the Duke’s call “a real boost in morale”.

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