What do you get for the duchess and women’s rights activist who has everything? Why, a painting of her dog toppling the patriarchy, of course!
During their visit to Sussex on Wednesday (October 3), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stopped by the Survivors’ Network, a charity that works to support sexual assault survivors. While they were meeting with the group, someone gifted the duchess of Sussex with a drawing of her own dog doing his part to stand up for women’s rights.
The picture, which was created by artist Henry James Garrett (who goes as @DrawingsOfDogs on social media), features a black-and-white moment of someone asking a dog, “Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy?” and the dog responding, “A boy who makes an effort to dismantle the patriarchy (whilst keeping in mind intersections with other forms of oppression).” Classic.
The work is done in a similar style to a piece called Patriarchy Boy in Garrett’s permanent collection, but for the version he gave Markle, he drew the dog to look like her beagle, Guy. “The wonderful @SurvivorsnetBtn asked me if I could do drawing for them to gift to Meghan and Harry during their visit today. So I drew Meghan’s beagle Guy talking about dismantling the patriarchy,” he wrote on Twitter. “A couple of weeks ago, they told me that the duke and duchess of Sussex were coming to visit and that they’d like my help in giving them a gift,” he told Marie Claire. “I decided to customize my ‘Patriarchy Boy’ drawing. I redrew it to feature Meghan’s rescue dog, Guy. We also [gave] them two of my empathy pins.”
When Markle received the gift, she laughed out loud, obviously. See the cute moment, below:
If you want to get your hands on a version of the work, it’s available online, and £5 of each sale are donated to Survivors’ Network Brighton.