Meghan Markle has revealed she’s mourning the loss of a close friend who paved the way for her work with a leading animal welfare charity.
The Duchess has said, in a new open letter to the public, that she’s “heartbroken” over the sudden death of Oli Juste, 45, in January.
Meghan met Oli years ago, and he introduced her to Mayhew, a London-based animal welfare charity.
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The 40 year old fell in love with the rescue work undertaken at Mayhew and became the organisation’s royal patronage for three years.
Meghan has had a longtime passion for rescuing animals, adopting two dogs named Guy and Pula.
“I was introduced to Mayhew by my dear friend, animal behaviourist, Oli Juste,” the Duchess’ letter began.
“We shared, amongst many things, a commitment to animal welfare and a deep love of rescue dogs.
“In fact, it was Oli and his fiancé Rob who helped care for my rescue dog, Guy, when I had just moved to the UK and he was recovering from a debilitating accident.”
The mother of two went on to write that her three-year patronage at Mayhew ended earlier this year.
“I [have] reflected on the work they have achieved in the hardest of times – during a global pandemic with minimal resources, safeguarding staff from their stations in Afghanistan, and still resolving to remain steadfast in their vital day to day work…