It's been a series of firsts for Meghan Markle lately: From Christmas with the Royal Family to her first official outing and curtsy, Markle has thrown herself headlong into her royal duties. But what could have prepared her for this novel experience?
On Tuesday, January 16th, the London Zoo welcomed their newest exotic animal, a newborn Okapi:
??EXCITING NEWS ?? An #endangered #okapi has been born! Zookeepers have named her Meghan, after Meghan Markle, in celebration of the upcoming #royalwedding https://t.co/wnlV2OH2ec pic.twitter.com/7jVyyEyFde— ZSL London Zoo (@zsllondonzoo) January 16, 2018
And they named her Meghan "in celebration of this year's forthcoming royal wedding"! What better way to celebrate a new life than with a namesake that represents a new love and new chapter for the crown?
A baby okapi at the London Zoo was just named after Meghan Markle. ???? https://t.co/cAiOipOT7d— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) January 18, 2018
Okapis, known also as forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, are highly endangered mammals native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. We already know that Markle has a way with animals, like her uncanny instant closeness to the Queen's corgis, so perhaps this Okapi's royal namesake is kismet.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors