Meghan Markle the cook! Doria joins daughter at Grenfell victims charity book launch
Meghan Markle helped whip up a feast for the launch of her charity cookbook dedicated to Grenfell victims’s with her mother, Doria Ragland, making a surprise appearance to support her daughter.
Meghan was pictured cooking and mingling with guests today, during the launch of The Together cookbook at Kensington Palace, her first royal project to help the Hubb Community kitchen.
In her first royal speech, the Duchess of Sussex told guests: “Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labour of love.”
The duchess, who has been privately visiting the cooks, added: “I had just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by the women in the kitchen – your warmth, your kindness, and also to be able to be in this city and to see in this one small room how multi-cultural it was.”
“On a personal level, I feel so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity.
“That’s 12 countries represented in this one group of women, is pretty outstanding.”
Meghan’s mother, Doria, delighted guests today when she made a surprise attendance at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s cookbook launch.
Doria, who introduced herself as “Meg’s mum”, was pictured speaking to guests as she stood by her daughter’s side.
The Duchess of Sussex has backed the cookbook, dedicated to raising funds for Hubb Community Kitchen, run by Grenfell victims.
The book, titlted Together: Our Community Cookbook was created by women volunteering at a local kitchen to provide food for those who lost their homes during the Grenfell fire.
The idea for the book came from the duchess after she was told, during her first private trip to the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington, the facilities were only open two days a week because of a lack of funds.
Doria joined a heartfelt outdoor reception, with Meghan and her son-in-law Harry and the Grenfell community group, to launch the new cookbook.
Meghan looked stunning in a black Tuxe top and matching black skirt by Misha Nonoo, topping her look off with a royal blue coat by Smythe.
Meghan put her culinary skills to the test, helping the women cook and prepare dishes, before Doria, the royals and the Grenfell community group feast on an array of dishes.
The Together cookbook is inspired by dishes from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe – and will include mouth-watering recipes such as coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and carmelised plum cake.
This is Doria’s first royal event since she attended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding on 19 May.
Meghan also had a special part to play in the book, and spoke about how she connected with members of the Hubb Community kitchen.
Her foreword in the book reads: “I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.
“Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy – in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy – something we can all relate to.
“Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.”
All efforts from the book’s sales will go to helping the kitchen, located at Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.
Meghan first visited the Hubb Community kitchen in January, and was so moved by the victims’ stories she vowed to continue helping and learning about their work.
She helped put the group in touch with a publisher, and the Royal Foundation provided assitance with legl and administrative fees.
Women from the Hubb Community kitchen decided to open a local kitchen after the 2017 Grenfell fire, to provide food for victims and create a network of support.
Meghan’s close friend, Serena Williams, praised the Duchess’ project with a heartfelt message on Twitter.
She wrote: “I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project ‘Together’ a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together.
“I could not be more excited about it and proud of you.
“It’s beautiful – diversity, inclusivity, coming together in grief or joy.”
The money raised by the Together cookbook will be monitored by the Royal Foundation, which Meghan, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are patrons of.
Together: Our Community cookbook will be available at Waterstones for £9.99.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK