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Meghan Markle, patron of pups!

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January 16, 2019 09:37 AM
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Meghan Markle, patron of pups!

The Duchess of Sussex stepped out on Wednesday for a visit to her new patronage, the animal charity Mayhew. She wore head-to-toe beige, pairing a knit dress by H&M (only $34.99!) with a designer long jacket, the Emporio Armani Cream Cashmere Coat. Meghan carried the Falabella tote by Stella McCartney, the designer of her evening reception wedding gown, and rocked matching heels.

The longtime animal lover and rescue dog owner met with staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to hear more about the organization’s initiatives.

During her visit, Meghan, who is expecting her first child in late April, saw first-hand a number of projects run by the charity, designed to improve the lives of animals and people and to better communities both in London and internationally. Some of the projects include animal therapy visits, work with homeless people and their pets and international projects, such as dog rabies vaccinations in Kabul.

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Meghan, 37, toured the facilities and met with members of the community and animals who have benefitted from the charity. She couldn’t help but give another dog named Roobarb a good pat on the head.

The mom-to-be, who visited the organization before they were announced as one of her patronages, also knelt down to pet Azzy and Gallis, two dogs belonging to Wully, a formerly homeless Pet Refuge service user who was helped by Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers.

Meghan also got to meet Jack Russell puppy Maggie (previously known as Truffle) with her new owner, Emma. Maggie was rescued from a suspected puppy farm last year.

Meghan – who was “very natural with the dogs, as one needs to be,” according to CEO Caroline Yates – was very taken with one of the dogs: a Jack Russell named Minnie that she held.

“She asked about Minnie’s story and what she is like and whether she is up for adoption – and she is!” Yates adds.

However, Yates ruled out the likelihood of Meghan and Harry taking on another pet.

“She has got dogs and they are an important part of her life and the family,” she said. “They have the two dogs already and with the baby on the way, it might be a bit much that’s happening!”

Before moving to London, Meghan had two rescue pups at her home in Toronto. Guy relocated with her across the pond while the other, Bogart, was gifted to friends. Harry and Meghan have also gotten their own dog together. Although they are still keeping the pooch’s name hush-hush, Meghan did let it slip that the couple’s new dog is a “she.”

Meghan Markle and her dogs at home in Toronto
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Meghan’s natural connection with animals was also on display when she first met the Queen. Harry revealed during their engagement interview in November 2017 that Queen Elizabeth’s corgis were immediately fond of her — while Harry had spent “the last 33 years being barked at. This one walks in, absolutely nothing,” he said. Meghan added, “They were laying on my feet during tea!” Harry responded, “Just wagging tails. I was like argh!”

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