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Meghan Markle may be on maternity leave after welcoming daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor just two weeks ago.

But it hasn’t stopped the Duchess of Sussex from sharing a beautiful message about something close to her heart – animal welfare.

The Duchess has remained Patron of Mayhew after Megxit and wrote a message for the UK charity’s annual report, praising the organisation and others similar for their efforts during the pandemic.

“When I reflect on 2020, I always come back to the importance of community and connection,” the duchess wrote. “We may have been forced apart, but we found new ways to be close and to support each other through this shared crisis. For many of us, this was made all the easier with our pets by our side.”

The new mum, who gave birth on June 4 to her daughter with Prince Harry, also spoke about her miscarriage last July, writing about the grief she experienced over the past year.

“Over the last year, each of us have felt the profound effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” Meghan began.

“Be it the loss of a loved one, the health challenges far too many faced, or the disproportionate life changes everyone has experienced, it has been an overwhelming process of grief, growth and also of gratitude.

“I have heard from so many of you about the impact of having a pet with you at home during the isolation of lockdown; you have mentioned the therapeutic effect of having your animal by your side and the solace and comfort you found in their company.”

Praising the charity’s hard work in these tough circumstances, Meghan hinted that she remains involved in their work from the US.

“I have been proud to witness Mayhew adapting to the moment – through virtual rehoming, TheraPaws visits over Zoom and delivering care packages to animals and pet owners in need,” she wrote.

Meghan, who had two rescue dogs (Bogart and Guy) in Canada before she met Prince Harry, has been a champion of animal welfare charities for a number of years.

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This article originally appeared on Over60.