Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, shared a heartfelt tribute on the website of the animal welfare charity Mayhew, reflecting on the death of her beloved friend, Oli Juste.
Juste passed away on January 15, 2022. He and Meghan shared mutual love for animals and he was the one who introduced her to the work of the Mayhew, the organization she decided to support as a royal patron back in 2019, following her marriage to Prince Harry.
Earlier this year, her contract with the charity came to an end, but she said she would continue supporting the work the people there do for animals in need.
Oli Juste was known as one of the best dog trainers and animal behaviorists in Britain. Many remember him from his appearance on Channel 4’s Puppy School. He was also running a personal podcast, A Dog’s Best Friend, which featured a number of guests who were interested in making this world a better place for our furry pals.
Although it’s been four months since Oli’s passing, many learned of the devastating news just after Markle’s post.
“Every day there was another twist and turn, every week another update—which Oli and I would connect about: ‘What can we do? How can we do more? Look at the amazing work they continue to do,’” Meghan wrote.
“In his memory, we will be creating the Oli Juste wing at Mayhew, to shelter the animals who may have a harder time finding their forever homes.
“Because, much like Oli, they will never be forgotten, and they will always be loved.”
A number of people who knew Oli personally or through TV and social media took to Instagram to share their condolences.
“Oh Oli, I am sorry to hear this, and only just today. You were a most lovely gentle person and so much fun…,” one person wrote. “So shocked to be just reading this. I was literally listening to one of Oli’s podcasts today-with Beverley Knight. I’m quite new to his podcasts but absolutely love them and have recommended them to so many people,” said another.
He and Meghan didn’t only work together but were close friends too.
Rest in peace, Oli.