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Meghan Markle's First Solo Project as the Duchess of Sussex

Updated on April 27, 2019
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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, is a foodie and she loves to cook. Her fans might remember that she was cooking a chicken when Prince Harry proposed to her last November. Before she started dating the sixth heir to the throne, she had a blog called The Tig where she would post photos of her dishes.

She is using her passion and her talent for cooking on her first solo trip after becoming a member of the royal family, according to CNN.

The Duchess of Sussex is helping a group of local women cook fresh food for the community after the Grenfell Tower fire in London last year. This was the start of the Hubb Community Kitchen. The word "hubb" in Arabic means "love." The women are very happy to have the Duchess of Sussex join them, and she is just as delighted to do so.

Grenfell Tower Fire

The fire happened on June 14, 2017 in the 24-story Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington. It was such a tragedy that started by a faulty refrigerator. It resulted in 72 deaths and over 70 injuries. The dead included adults and children as young as 6 months old.

Last year the group of women established Hubb Community Kitchen. Their original plan was merely to cook for those who were displaced by the fire. Now, it has turned into something so much greater with the help of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

Duchess Cooks with Grenfell Women

Kensington Palace announced on Monday, September 17, 2018 that the Duchess of Sussex has her first solo project since becoming a member of the royal family. She cooked with the Grenfell women and is offering support for a charity project called Together: Our Community Cookbook.

Kensington Palace posted a photo with a message on Instagram stating that the Hubb Community Kitchen is a place for women to gather together to connect and heal by cooking and serving the community.

In January 2018, before she married Prince Harry, Meghan met the women. They cooked together twice a week in the community kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.

After the fire, families were living out of hotel rooms, so the Grenfell women got together to provide a place to cook fresh food for the community. Today, it is a place to not only eat, but it is a place for people to connect and support one another.

About the Charity Cookbook

The Duchess of Sussex is supporting a new charity cookbook, Together: Our Community Cookbook. The cookbook celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, said in a statement that she has been making regular private visits to the kitchen since the beginning of the year because she believes in what the women are doing.

The charity cookbook project is a way to make sure the kitchen can continue to operate on a regular schedule. She is hoping the kitchen will be able to open every day of the week.

The Duchess of Sussex sits with the women of Grenfell Tower that she cooked with.
The Duchess of Sussex sits with the women of Grenfell Tower that she cooked with.

Foreword for the Book

The Duchess wrote the foreword for the cookbook. She said she immediately felt connected to the women in the community kitchen. She noticed that the people laughed, cried, and grieved during the time they cooked together.

The book really is more than just a cookbook. Over 50 recipes tell a story of history, cultures, and families from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. The recipes are easy that require just a few ingredients and easy ways to prepare dishes.

Release of the Cookbook

The cookbook is scheduled to be released September 25 from Amazon. To celebrate its official release, the Duchess of Sussex and the cooks will celebrate by serving meals at Kensington Palace on September 20, the official date the book is released from the publisher.

Invited guests will include members of the local community and representatives from Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, The Royal Foundation, and Ebury Press who published the 128-page book.

The Palace said the invited guests will be served dishes that are pictured in the cookbook such as dips, coconut chicken curry, vegetable samosas, green rice, green chili, and beef and aubergine casserole. For dessert, they will be treated to caramelized plum upside-down cake. Spiced mint tea is an excellent beverage to go along with the delicious meal.

Profits from the Cookbook

Proceeds will go to The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to benefit of the Hubb Community Kitchen to help the women continue helping people through their cooking.

Hopefully, the book will sell in excess of 50,000 copies. If so, the sales will bring in over a quarter of a million pounds. More than likely, people will purchase the book for several reasons.

  • It is for a worthwhile cause.
  • The Duchess of Sussex's photo is on the cover showing her cooking.
  • The Duchess of Sussex wrote the foreword for the cookbook.
  • Kensington Palace is promoting the book by announcing it on Instagram.
  • The collection of recipes are simple and easy to prepare amazing dishes.
  • The Royal Foundation supports the book that features over 50 recipes from various places.
  • The book is reasonably priced.
  • Famous friends of the Duchess are promoting the book on their social media accounts.

Praises from the Duchess' friends

The Duchess of Sussex has some famous friends who are congratulating her for her first solo project as a royal. Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, and Jessica Mulroney are very proud of their friend.

Serena Williams, the tennis champion, shared a slideshow of some of the dishes on Instagram. Newly engaged Priyanka Chopra encouraged the Duchess to continue supporting women as she has always done.

Jessica Mulroney reminded her best friend that life is about sharing, laughing and cooking together. She confirmed that the project is so much more than a cookbook. It is also a book of beautiful stories and the healing power that comes about when people cook and share food together.


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