• Duchess Meghan now lives in the US
  • A royal patronage in the UK has expired
  • At the same time she mourns the loss of a friend

Whether as an actress or as a royal: Duchess Meghan, 40, has always been committed to charitable work. During her time in the British Royal Family, she also took on a handful of patronages. 

Animal rights is something particularly close to her heart. Three years ago, at the beginning of her time as a royal, Meghan became patron of Mayhew, a British animal welfare organization.

A lot has happened since then: Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, 37, have turned their backs on the monarchy and resigned as senior royals. Today they live with their two children Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 10 months, in California.

Duchess Meghan says goodbye to Mayhew and a friend

Because of the royal exit, Duchess Meghan said goodbye to Mayhew, but also to a close friend. Her patronage expired earlier this year and her friend Oli Juste, who devotedly cared for the rescue animals, also passed away suddenly.

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Now Meghan has shared an emotional message on the organization's website. In honour of Mayhew and her late friend, she wrote: "On January 15, 2022, my beloved friend Oli tragically and very suddenly passed away. It has left me, and so many others, heartbroken and reflective—knowing that the legacy he leaves for our furry friends is beautifully simple: just love them."

Meghan continues: "Especially those left behind or forgotten. In his memory, we will be creating the Oli Juste wing at Mayhew, to shelter the animals who may have a harder time finding their forever homes. Because much like Oli, they will never be forgotten, and they will always be loved."

Duchess Meghan continues to support the organization

Duchess Meghan's work in this area seems far from over despite the end of her patronage. She announces that she will continue to support the organization and appeals to readers to do the same.

"Though my time as patron of Mayhew has come to a close, my unwavering support has not. I encourage each of you to support in whatever way you are able. The emotional support of a rescue animal is unparalleled—as you’ll soon realize: it is not you who saves them, it is they who save you," writes Duchess Meghan.

Meghan ends her touching letter with the words: "It has been an honor."