Lupo, a nine year old black cocker spaniel, was a wedding gift from KateJames’s brother.
But on Sunday, the couple said on Instagram: “Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away.
“He has been at the heart of our family for nine years and will be missed so much. ”
James said on Instagram, “Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a dog.
“For those who have never had a dog, it can be difficult to understand the loss.
“However, for those who have loved a dog, know the truth: a dog is not just a pet; he is a family member, a best friend, a faithful companion, a teacher and a therapist. “
Following Prince George’s birth in July 2013, William said Lupo handled the upheaval in the house very well.
“As a lot of people know who have dogs and bring a newborn baby, they take a little time to adjust, but no, he’s been fine so far,” he said.
“He chats around the house a bit, so he’s perfectly happy. ”
In photos taken to mark Prince George’s third birthday, the little royal sparked controversy by offering Lupo a lick of his ice cream, prompting the RSPCA to warn people not to give dairy products to their families. dogs, as they can be poisonous.
The animal welfare charity, however, praised the young prince for trying to help Lupo stay cool in the summer heat.
Spaniels are known to be energetic, and in March Kate revealed that table tennis is a tough activity in their household due to Lupo’s determination to get involved.
When the couple visited the Republic of Ireland, she told young people at a respite center in County Kildare: “We are trying to do this at home but our dog keeps catching the ping pong balls. . “