The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother posted on Instagram following the death of nine-year-old black cocker spaniel Lupo, who was related to some of his own pooches, last weekend. Animal lover James, 33, said “nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a dog”.
The businessman, who has six dogs, shared a string of pictures of Lupo.
Alongside the photos, James said: “It is with great sadness that Lupo, the beloved dog of my sister Catherine and her family has passed away.
“Lupo was the son of Ella, brother to Zulu, Inka & Luna. He was 9 years old.
“Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a dog.
“For those who have never had a dog, it might be hard to understand the loss.
“However for those who have loved a dog know the truth: a dog is not just a pet; it is a member of the family, a best friend, a loyal companion, a teacher and a therapist.
“Many people over the years have reached out to me about the pain of loosing a dog and for most, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way comparable to the loss of a Human loved one.
“The pain I felt from loosing my first dog Tilly back in 2017 still hurts and on hearing the news about Lupo brought a wave of emotions flooding back.
“He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. – W & C.”
Royal fans flooded social media with messages of condolences.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward described the death of a pet dog as “heartbreaking”.
She tweeted: “Very sad news that Lupo- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 9-year-old cocker spaniel passed away last weekend.
“Dogs are part of the family and losing one is heartbreaking.”
The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter wrote on Twitter: “How very sad for The Cambridge family losing #Lupo who has been with them for nine years.
“He gave them lots of unconditional love, and anyone who has owned a pet will know the effect the loss of a pet can have on the family.”
Following the birth of his and Kate’s first child Prince George in July 2013, William said Lupo had taken the change in his stride.