Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Meghan Markle’s mom pays a visit to Kensington Palace

Meghan Markle’s mom pays a visit to Kensington Palace

Prince Harry and her mother can be seen grinning at Meghan as she gave the speech.

The Duchess of Sussex's mother, Doria Ragland, attended her first engagement on Thursday afternoon at Kensington Palace alongside her daughter and son-in-law.

Doria Ragland's last memorable appearance was on the steps of St George's Chapel following the royal wedding in May, watching her daughter begin her new life as a member of the monarchy.

The project is being supported by The Royal Foundation and is being published by Penguin Random House companies.

Markle, who has been visiting the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London since January ("Hubb" means "love" in Arabic), wrote the foreword for the book, as the result of her time spent cooking with and getting to know the women.

There was a large range on the menu, including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and a range of chapatis and sharing dips. The Duchess of Sussex stood behind a tabletop grill and helped cook while her mother and husband watched on proudly.

Meghan quickly got stuck in, preparing food that was laid out on trestle tables, dishing out green rice and later flipping chapatis and then watching kofta kebabs, turning them so they browned evenly. Ragland gave each woman a hug and said, "It's awesome".

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"I'm so glad I can put the face with the recipes".

She added: "I'm so privileged to know you".

"Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labor of love", she exclaimed, marveling over the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen.

Speaking about it, the Duchess, who donned an apron to muck in with fellow volunteers on her visits, said she "immediately felt connected" to the kitchen, which she described as a "place for women to laugh, cry, grieve and cook together".

"Your warmth and your kindness, and also to be in this city and see in this one small room how multicultural it was". "That there are 12 countries represented in this one small room, is pretty outstanding", she continued.

It turns out that the charity recipe book the Duchess of Sussex has thrown her support behind has rocketed to the top of Amazon's bestseller list on pre-orders alone. "Melding cultural identities under a shared roof. 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".

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