Meghan Markle released an emotional statement in which she announced that she and the animal rescue organization Mayhew would be dedicating a new wing to her late friend Oli Juste.
Despite the fact that the Duchess of Sussex ceased to be a patron of the charity at the beginning of 2022, they have teamed up for the special occasion. Meghan explained in the statement how an animal behaviorist friend had introduced her to the charity and helped look after her dog, Guy, when he became ill when she first arrived in the UK.
“It was nearly four years ago that Oli introduced me to Mayhew as I was looking for volunteer opportunities,” she explained.
Oli had chosen the charity for her because he knew she would be “drawn to their deep love of community,” she continued.
Meghan revealed that Oli “suddenly” died on January 15, 2022, and that she and Mayhew would be establishing the Oli Juste wing at the charity to help shelter animals who are looking for a “forever home.”
“They will never be forgotten, and they will always be loved, just like Oli,” she concluded.
The statement also revealed that while the Duchess was no longer a patron of the charity, it still had her “unwavering support.”
“Our Royal Patronage with The Duchess of Sussex came to an end at the beginning of the year,” the charity confirmed in a small message.
“Working closely with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, since she became our Patron in 2019, has been an incredible privilege for Mayhew.”
Despite the fact that Meghan and Prince Harry were unable to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s thanksgiving service, Meghan sent a special gift to the event.
The Duchess sent a vibrant, eye-catching wreath that stood out among the royal family’s stunning white wreaths, which were displayed against the pews inside St George’s Chapel.
The wreath was made up of a variety of bright purple and blue locally sourced flowers, each of which had been thoughtfully selected, and was accompanied by a handwritten note from the Duchess.
The royal couple specifically requested that the wreath include acanthus mollis (bear’s breeches), the national flower of Greece, to represent Prince Philip’s heritage, and eryngium (sea holly) to represent the Royal Marines, which was created by Willow Crossley, one of their favorite florists.