Meghan Markle has spoken of her “heartbreak” as she shared some tragic personal news with the public.
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, has posted a statement revealing her dear friend, Oli Juste, died suddenly in January.
The pair had been friends for years and worked together with the London-based animal welfare charity, Mayhew, of which Meghan was a royal patron until her tenure came to a close earlier this year.
Meghan said Oli, who was 46, introduced her to the charity four years ago when she was looking for volunteer work.
“[Oli’s death] has left me, and so many others, heartbroken and reflective — knowing that the legacy he leaves for our furry friends is beautifully simple: just love them,” Meghan said in a statement, shared on Mayhew’s website.
“We shared, amongst many things, a commitment to animal welfare, and a deep love of rescue dogs.
“In fact, it was Oli and his fiance Rob who helped care for my rescue dog, Guy, when I had just moved to the UK and he was recovering from a debilitating accident.
“They loved him as though he was their own.”