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Meghan Markle's Cookbook Launch: Prince Harry and Doria Ragland Very Proud

Updated on September 22, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles about the royals.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex launched her cookbook for charity on Thursday. It was her first solo project since she became a member of the royal family four months ago. It was no surprise that her first solo project was one for charity.

During the outdoor lunch and reception at Kensington Palace, she cooked, served meals and mingled with guests. She also made her first public speech. A proud Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex looked on. The Duchess' mom, Doria Ragland made a special trip to London since the wedding in May to support her daughter during the official engagement. Doria was very comfortable as she spoke to the guests by introducing herself as "Meg's mum."

The launch of the book Together: Our Community Cookbook was to celebrate the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen who had used recipes from different countries to feed the people who lost their homes after the Grenfell fire in June 2017.

First Royal Speech

Guests learned a lot when they heard the Duchess' first royal speech. She told them several things they might not have known before. For instance, she said she had been working on the cookbook project for the past nine months that has been a labor of love. She shared how she connected with the women who volunteered their time and talent at the Hubb Community Kitchen.

Meghan had been privately working with the Grenfell women on the book before she got married and became a royal. When she first moved to London she had a passion to work with the women in the kitchen.

She began visiting the Hubb Community Kitchen back in January and has continued to visit and cook with the women since then. She was so touched by the stories the women shared that she helped them in a lot of ways after learning about what they were trying to achieve. She was very instrumental in helping them compile a cookbook so they could raise money as well as to share recipes of wonderful dishes with the world.

Therefore, the Duchess put her skills together to help them get a publisher. She backed the cookbook in every way she could. Because of her, the Royal Foundation provided the help the women needed for administrative, legal and other fees. Additionally, the 37-year-old former actress and owner of her own blog The Tig used her talent and creativity to write the foreword to the book.

Foreword to the Book

It was easy for Meghan to write the foreword to the book after she bonded with the women and understood what they were trying to do.

In the foreword, she shared how she immediately felt connected to the community kitchen by cooking with the women and listening to their stories about the foods they were cooking and the countries they represented.

Pictures of some of the foods served at the launch of the cookbook.
Pictures of some of the foods served at the launch of the cookbook.

About the Cookbook

Not only did Meghan back the publication of the cookbook, but she also helped cook the foods and serve the guests. The delicious meals represented twelve different countries from the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

Some of the dishes included in the cookbook were served to the invited guests during the launch. Guests enjoyed dips, coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, vegetable samosas, green rice, and caramelized plum upside-down cake. Spiced mint tea was the beverage.

Purpose of the Cookbook

The purpose of the cookbook is to raise money for the kitchen so it can operate full-time. That is entirely possible because all sales from the book will go to helping the kitchen that is located at Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.

Meghan saw how hard the women were still working a year after the tragic fire to serve people in the area. The Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington was open for only two days a week because of insufficient funds. The idea for the book came from the duchess when she privately visited the kitchen the very first time. She envisioned that if there were enough funds, the kitchen could be open seven days a week instead of limited to only two days.

So far, there have been pre-orders for the book that is scheduled to be released on September 25. In some places, the book has already been sold out before the official release day.

The money raised will be monitored by the Royal Foundation that includes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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