Meghan Markle
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The Duchess of Sussex has been assisting Mayhew, one of her London-based patronages, as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Meghan, who is currently based in Beverly Hills, has clled the charity throughout the crisis, offering support as it experiences financial hardship. The organisation is dedicated to improving the lives of dogs, cats and people in their communities and relies on public fundraising events for the bulk of its income. However, all events have been put on hold due to the UK lockdown and social distancing guidelines.

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“The duchess is in touch and working with Mayhew at this time,” a source confirmed to Newsweek. Mayhew urgently needs help to fund the purchasing of food, as well as flea and worming treatment for the dogs. “We receive no government support or anything so we rely completely on public donations, which are for the most part gathered from fundraising events,” said the charity’s media officer, Sarah Hastelow. “It’s been a steady decline of operations and funds. We are trying to be as adaptive and reactive as possible.”

Meghan was first photographed visiting the organisation in North London when she was six months pregnant. She met with staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to hear more about the charity’s various initiatives and took the opportunity to cuddle some of the adorable pets, in particular a Jack Russell called Mini.

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Meghan meets Mini
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More recently, the duchess paid a low-key visit to the Mayhew kennels in January. She shared photos of the occasion on the Sussex Royal Instagram account shortly before she left England to move to America with Prince Harry and their son, Archie.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.

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