Meghan has been privately helping animal charity Mayhew, which has seen its funds slashed during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Newsweek, she has been making secret calls to the organization, in a bid to help keep homeless people and their dogs united throughout the global health crisis.
As Mayhew receives all its funds from donations, they have faced a significant drop in donations, as fundraising events were cancelled due to current social distancing regulations.
The outlet confirmed: “The Duchess is in touch and working with Mayhew at this time. One thing many people may not realize is the range of work Mayhew does. It is not your classic animal charity. They are supporting so many other people in the community too.”
The organization launched an urgent appeal for funds to finance 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 Mayhew’s media officer Sarah Hastelow.
“It’s been a steady decline in operations and funds. We are trying to be as adaptive and reactive as possible.”
Duchess Meghan made her first visit to Mayhew in January 2019, a week after she had been named a patron. The Duchess, who was pregnant with Archie at the time, met staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and heard more about what the animal welfare charity projects.
Mayhew was also one of the last engagement visits Meghan carried out as a working royal. She stopped by the animal welfare charity ‘to hear about the incredible progress made throughout the festive period’. A post on the Sussex Royal Instagram page revealed the Duchess engagement. One of the photos shows avid animal lover Meghan stroking a dog with a collar.