How Meghan, Duchess of Sussex was supported by an unexpected source throughout challenging times

It's claimed that the Duchess often references how "important" her pets are to her

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has faced many challenges in recent times following her and Prince Harry’s announcement that they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has not only had to contend with forging a new life in California after she and Prince Harry stepped away from royal engagements, but also with new motherhood as they raise their son Archie. 

Throughout the past year, the ongoing effects of the pandemic have proved challenging for people across the globe. Last year, Duchess Meghan also bravely shared news of her devastating miscarriage in the summer of 2020, in a moving piece for The New York Times. Now a source has claimed that the Duchess of Sussex's pets are a huge source of "support" for her, particularly given everything that has been going on. 

Where has Meghan, Duchess of Sussex turned for support?

Throughout the difficult times, it seems that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has found a source of support in the animal kingdom. It’s understood that despite her move to California, the Duchess checks in often with her royal patronages, one of these being animal welfare charity, Mayhew, which works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in communities, both in the UK and internationally.

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Speaking to Hello! magazine, Mayhew's CEO Caroline Yates reportedly explained: "Whenever we talk to the Duchess about the charity, she always references how important her dogs are and what a support they are, particularly during everything that's happened this year, with COVID, and with the personal trials and tribulations she went through this year."

Caroline went on to add: "It was really nice to share our experiences with her about how important animals are when things are tough and what a comfort they can be.”

"That's what Mayhew is all about, that's what we want to try and encourage, we want to try to promote the human-animal bond and what a great source of comfort and stimulation, and joy pet ownership can be."

How many pets does Duchess Meghan have?

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have two pet dogs, a rescue beagle called Guy and Pula, an adopted black labrador, who live with them and their son Archie at their California home. 

Last month, Mayhew had the honor of sharing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Christmas card picture on social media.

The adorable illustration featured the couple, their son Archie and their cute dogs. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!