Hello!: Meghan Markle Reveals Her Support during Trying Times This past Year

Meghan Markle may already be adjusting well to living in Santa Barbara, but she still regularly stays in touch with her royal patronages, such as the animal charity called Mayhew.

Meghan Markle has a long history of advocating for animal welfare. In fact, the 39-year-old owns two rescue dogs — a black labrador named Pula and a beagle called Guy.

Caroline Yates, Mayhew's CEO, told HELLO! that every time they chatted with the former "Suits" actress about the charity, she always referenced how important her dogs are.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images

Yates added that Markle told them about how her dogs were a source of strength for her, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic and all the personal challenges she faced lately.

Yates continued by emphasizing how it was really nice to explain to the Duchess of Sussex how important animals are in hard times and how comforting they can be.

In 2019, Markle became a patron of Mayhew, declaring it as one of her four royal patronages, Smart Works, The National Theatre, and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Markle and Prince Harry adopted Pula in August 2018. According to Marie Claire, the dog's name has a special meaning, dating back to the start of the couple's relationship.

Like Markle and Harry, the royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, also love dogs.

The official currency of Botswana is the Pula, which means "rain" in Setswana. In the country, rain is rare, so it is considered valuable and a blessing when it does occur.

The southern African country holds a special place in both Prince Harry and Markle's hearts. The country was where the prince took Markle on her 36th birthday, and where they are said to have fallen deeply in love.

Meanwhile, Pula has adapted right into the family, including Markle's dog, Guy, who has accompanied her since moving to the United Kingdom to marry Harry.

Like Markle and Harry, the royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, also love dogs. Recently, they received a new puppy from James Middleton, Kate's younger brother, PEOPLE reported.

Prince William and Middleton haven't shared any pictures of the black cocker spaniel yet, but it's been a welcome addition to the family. Back in November, the couple announced that their dog Lupo had died.

In 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed Lupo into their family. The dog appeared in many family photos, including Prince George's early portrait with his parents.

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