Duchess of Sussex takes mother to Grenfell book launch as surprise guest

Danny Woods
September 20, 2018

Meghan was not only joined by her husband, Prince Harry, but her mother, Doria Ragland, was also there to honour the endeavour.

It's Doria's first public engagement since attending her daughter's wedding on May 19.

The Duchess, who hosted a lunch for the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen and their families, said she had felt "immediately embraced" by the women of the kitchen who made her feel welcome on a personal level.

As part of her first solo project since becoming a duchess, she thought the book could help fund the kitchen opening more than just two days a week.

The proceeds of sale from the book will support the Hubb Community Kitchen.

Meghan wrote the foreword to Together: Our Community Cookbook, which has already knocked JK Rowling off the number one spot on Amazon's bestseller list, even though the £9.99 book isn't available to buy until tomorrow. The Duchess of Sussex stood behind a tabletop grill and helped cook while her mother and husband watched on proudly. ITV's royal editor Chris Ship was at the event and said the Doria introduced herself by saying: "I'm Meg's mum".

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Along with Prince Harry, the duo stepped out on Thursday (Sept. 20) to celebrate Together: Our Community Cookbook, a handsome book that Meghan worked on with women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire - and for which she penned the foreword.

Meghan's shoes were by Sarah Flint - a brand she has worn more than 25 times!

There was a large range on the menu, including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and a range of chapatis and sharing dips.

In the new book supported by Meghan, some of the recipes are family favourites and all have been created by the cooks who support not only residents affected by the Grenfell fire but others in the community.

She said the project had been a "tremendous labour of love". "I'm so privileged to know you", Markle continued. It is the story behind it and when you get to know the story of the recipe, you get to know the person behind it and that's what we're talking about in terms of coming together to really engage and talk and to be able to celebrate what connects us rather than what divides us.

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