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Meghan Markle sponsors a kennel costing £10-a-month in Archie's name at London dog rescue centre

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she has sponsored a dog's kennel at a rescue centre in her son Archie's name.

The Mayhew shelter in north London asks members of the public to pay £10-a-month to sponsor a 'deluxe dog room'.

For that they get their name and a message displayed on the 'wall of sponsors' at their kennels, as well as goodies including an Oyster card hold, cuddly toy dog and a personalised certificate.

It comes after it was revealed Meghan is 'secretly' working with the Mayhew shelter as it 'desperately' struggles amid coronavirus.

The home, of which Meghan remains patron despite quitting royal duties, can support 30 dogs and 150 cats at a time but receives no government funding and relies on donation and sponsorships.

The Mayhew shelter in north London asks members of the public to pay £10 a month to sponsor a 'deluxe dog room'. Pictured, Meghan visited the shelter in January last year

Meghan revealed she had sponsored a dog kennel in the name of her son Archie (pictured in South Africa in September 2019)

Meghan revealed her sponsorship in a foreword for the charity's annual reviews, writing: 'I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, staff and students at Mayhew.

'As an expression of my own commitment, I renewed my sponsorship of a dog kennel in the name of our son, Archie, to create an interim home for a pet in need. I hope you will show them your support in whatever ways you can.

'When you do, you will be contributing not just to animal welfare but to the shared welfare of us all.' Meghan has a rescue beagle, Guy, whom she adopted when she was an actress from a shelter in Canada, who now lives with her, Harry and Archie in LA. 

She added: 'What I am even prouder of is that Mayhew's mission was made for moments like these. It's not just about cats and dogs; it's about all of us, about our ability to come together as a community.'

Meghan toured the charity's north-west London headquarters in Kensal Green in January last year when she was six months pregnant

The home, of which Meghan remains patron despite quitting royal duties, can support 30 dogs and 150 cats at a time but receives no government funding and relies on donation and sponsorships

Meghan moved to Los Angeles with Harry and Archie after the couple chose financial freedom over being working members of the monarchy.

The duchess brought her American rescue Beagle called Guy to the UK when she married Harry, and the pet remained with the family when they made their new home in California, as did their second dog, a black Labrador.

Meghan toured the charity's north-west London headquarters in Kensal Green in January last year when she was six months pregnant.

The charity was founded in 1886 and today sees itself as an animal welfare social worker, keeping cats and dogs, whether family pets or companions for the homeless, safe and well alongside their owners, and supporting communities.

It has a pet refuge service, provides vet services to vulnerable owners and has a team of animal welfare officers who work with residents helping local communities. 

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