Meghan Markle is officially a New York Times bestselling author. After Markle released The Bench on June 8, she thanked supporters on the Archewell website, explaining that the poem-turned-children's book in inspired by Prince Harry's relationship with baby Archie.
"While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I'm encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation, and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere," she wrote.
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Today, Meghan wrote an open letter for Mayhew, one of her patronages, thanking it for supporting the themes of "love, representation, and inclusivity" in her book. The letter thanked the charity for helping families and their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Over the last year, each of us have felt the profound effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic," the note reads. "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. This effect is something Mayhew strives to deliver day in and day out to people throughout the UK and beyond."
She ended her note with a reflection on the past year, saying that everyone did their best to adapt to adverse conditions and continues to adapt to the changing world. She went on to say that she hopes that Mayhew and other organizations continue to help their communities, from the families that call them home to the animals that provide support and unconditional love.
"When I reflect on 2020, I always come back to the importance of community and connection. 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," Meghan wrote. "Mayhew - and thousands of small, community organizations like them - will continue to listen, adapt their services, and provide the resources that people and pets need to stay together and persevere through hardships. As we collectively build to the future, my sincere hope is that we do so with ongoing support and appreciation for organizations like Mayhew, who continue their vital work in days of crisis and in days of calm. Their commitment to the cause of animal welfare is steadfast and their effect on our community wellbeing is self-evident."