Duchess Meghan got a greeting she probably wasn’t expecting during a Wednesday visit to a London animal welfare charity.
A woman identified as Peggy told the pregnant royal in a Caribbean accent that she was “a lovely lady” and “may God always bless you.” And as Meghan cooed her thanks, her Armani cream coat fell open, giving Peggy and everyone else a good look at her pregnant belly clad in a mock turtleneck cream knit maternity dress from H&M.
Then Peggy added sweetly, “And you are a fat lady?”
Meghan, who wore cream slingbacks with towering heels and carried a Stella McCartney bag, laughed uproariously in response, adding, “I’ll take it!”
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Maybe “fat” isn’t quite the right word to describe Meghan but at about six months along now, as she told a fan on walkabout on Monday, her otherwise slender frame now features a prominent belly.
Being two-thirds of the way through her pregnancy has not stopped Meghan, 37, from taking on a number of new patronages in 2019, including the Mayhew Animal Home.
It was the first visit to the animal shelter for Meghan, who adopted two dogs during her stint as a co-star on “Suits” while she was living in Toronto. But only one, a beagle named Guy, came to London with her when she moved. Since then, she and Harry have adopted a black Labrador.
At Mayhew, Meghan was briefed by staff and volunteers about the various projects run by the charity aimed at improving the lives of animals and people, and to help improve London communities.
These projects include animal therapy visits, reaching out to homeless people and their pets, neutering programs and carrying out dog rabies vaccinations in Afghanistan.
And of course, the dog-loving Meghan got to meet some hounds.
She was seen petting a therapy dog named Roobarb, who appeared to be a long-haired spaniel mix.
She also met a pair of what looked to be pit bull mixes.
“The Duchess of Sussex meets Wully, a formerly homeless Pet Refuge service user, and his two dogs Azzy and Gallis — Wully was helped by Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers,” the palace tweeted.
According to other pictures tweeted by Kensington Palace and by reporters on the scene, she cuddled with a 1-year-old Jack Russell cross named Minnie who was set to go up for adoption.
Meghan said she’d like another pup but lamented that the timing was not ideal since she and Harry have their hands full with the baby and their other dogs.
The shelter visit was not Meghan’s only event on Wednesday. Later, she and Harry attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” at London’s Royal Albert Hall as a fundraiser for his African children’s charity, Sentebale.
For that charity gala, Meghan changed into a glittering black gown by Roland Mouret, with another pair of towering heels, a strappy black duo that showed off her dark-polish pedicure.