Meghan’s touching gesture after tragedy
MEGHAN the Duchess of Sussex has undertaken her first solo royal project, throwing her support behind a charitable cookbook that showcases recipes from women who were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.
Heart-warming vision and photographs were released last night showing the Duchess, new bride of Prince Harry, working in a kitchen with mainly Muslim women who were affected by the tower fire in London in June last year, which killed 72 people.
The idea for the Together cookbook came from a group of women who started gathering in a communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural heritage Centre in West London last summer to prepare food for friends, families and neighbours.
As word started to get out, the Hubb Community Kitchen was born.
The Duchess of Sussex first visited the kitchen in January this year and returns regularly for private visits.
Meghan is a well-known "foodie'' and used to write often about food on her now-closed lifestyle blog, The Tig. The TV character that made her famous, Rachel Zane, in Suits, was also adapted to become a food enthusiast to more closely mirror Meghan's personality.
Kensington Palace said Meghan believed in the powerful project and how it inspired women, and championed the project to ensure the kitchen and its community could continue changing lives.
The proceeds from the book will allow the Hubb to stay open seven days a week and welcome more people through its doors.
The book's foreword was written by Meghan, with a raft of personal recipes gathered by the women from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.
In her foreword, the former American actor wrote: "I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.
"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.
"Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive."
It did not take long for her good friend Serena Williams to tweet about the project.
Penguin Random House chair Baroness Rebuck said the company was instantly caught up by the extraordinary vision for this project.
"Every woman who has contributed a recipe to this book has also contributed a fragment of their lives and memories," he said.
"Each dish tells a story of culture, family and a sense of home.
"But most of all Together is an homage to life and friendship and we hope it will act as a symbol to all communities and encourage cooking together for life and joy."
The Royal Foundation, chief charity of the "young royals'' Prince Harry and Meghan, and Prince William and his wife Catherine, is administering the transfer of funds from the sale of the cookbook to the Hubb Community Kitchen and related projects.
Published by Penguin Random House and supported by The Royal Foundation, Together: Our Community Cookbook' celebrates the power of cooking and brings people together.