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20 September 2018, 14:54
The Duchess of Sussex was joined by her husband and mother to meet with a Grenfell community group today (September 20).
Meghan Markle has not been seen in public with her mother Doria Ragland since the Royal Wedding on May 19.
Along with Prince Harry, they met with the Grenfell group who provided the dishes for Together, a fundraising cookbook aimed at supporting the local kitchen where the cooks meet up.
The idea for the book came from the Duchess, after she was informed during her first private visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington, that the facilities were only open two days a week due to a lack of funds.
Meghan had joined the women as they cooked dishes and assisted with the preparations, and created a meal of coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and chapatis.
In a speech to guests, Meghan said the project had been a “tremendous labor of love.”
“I had just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by the women of the kitchen,” she said.
“Your warmth and your kindness, and also to be in this city and see in this one small room how multicultural it was.
“I felt, on a personal level, so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity. That there are 12 countries represented in this one small room, is pretty outstanding.”
Meghan also wrote the foreword for the book, titled Together: Our Community Cookbook, which features recipes from a community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire last year, where more than 70 people died.
In it, Meghan wrote that the Hubb - which means love in Arabic - “is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.
"Melding cultural identities under a shared roof 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.”