Meghan Markle Hosts First Palace Event With Her Mom by Her Side

Carla Harmon
September 20, 2018

The Duchess of Sussex spoke from the heart to a crowded room at Kensington Palace, including husband Prince Harry and mother Doria Ragland, who flew out to support her daughter - at an event celebrating her first major project: a cookbook!

Markle wrote the foreword for the cookbook, which features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in which more than 70 people died. "I'm serious", she told the women, adding that Markle "felt very much at home" while working in the kitchen. The Duchess' pals were more than happy to tweet their support of her passion project.

Despite everybody already knowing who she is, Ms Ragland introduced herself to guests at the palace who were present for the launch of the charity cookbook which Meghan is involved with.

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.

After lending a hand in the cooking and preparation, Markle and her guests-among them members of the local community, the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Center and representatives from the publishers of the book, Ebury Press-dined together and tasted the homemade dishes featured in the cookbook, including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and caramelized plum upside-down cake.

Prince Harry also joined for the celebration.

The duchess wrote the foreword for Together, which is in bookshops from Thursday but has been available to order online for a few days.

Meghan turned around with a huge smile on her face after the affectionate moment with her husband. "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..."

They called their project Hubb, the Arabic word for love, and since January - Meghan has been visiting and cooking with them. "I'm so privileged to know you", Markle continued.

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