Meghan Markle Paid A Secret Visit To Charity Centre

Olivia Blair
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From ELLE

Meghan Markle paid a secret visit to a charity close to her heart at the start of the year.

On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes' official Instagram account revealed that Meghan popped into the Mayhew animal welfare charity 'to hear about the incredible progress made throughout the festive period'.

In the two pictures shared to the social media site, Meghan is seen wrapped in a black coat, as she follows a Mayhew employee into the building and then in the second photo is seen kneeling down and looking concerned as she pets an unwell rescue dog.

'The Duchess of Sussex, having been proud patron of Mayhew since January 2019 and long understanding the connection between animal and community welfare, applauds the people at Mayhew for the vital work that they do every day,' the statement said.

This trip was one of several discreet charity visits, the Duchess of Sussex conducted after returning from Canada, where the couple spent their extended Christmas break.

Ahead of her official engagement to Canada House with Prince Harry on 7th January, Meghan also visited the women she had previously worked with in the Hubb community kitchen, which was set up after the Grenfell fire tragedy.

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Shortly after these visits, Meghan and Harry announced they would be stepping back as senior working members of the royal family and no longer accepting public funding for their work, instead dividing their time between the UK and Canada.

At the weekend, the Queen revealed the royal family had come to an agreement on the couple's future plans, with Buckingham Palace stating that, although the couple can no longer formally represent the Queen, they have the monarch's blessing to maintain their private patronages and associations.

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Therefore, Meghan still stands as patron of Mayhew, which she first visited while pregnant with Archie in 2019. The rehoming and rehabilitation of animals is an important cause to the former actress, who is the owner of two rescue dogs herself.



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