Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pictured for the first time with mother for an official event. Picture: Twitter
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pictured for the first time with mother for an official event. Picture: Twitter

Meghan reunited with mum at cookbook launch

FOR the first time since their wedding, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's mother has joined her and Prince Harry on a royal engagement in London.

Doria Ragland, who lives in Los Angeles, was all smiles when she accompanied her daughter to the launch of the charitable cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook at Kensington Palace on Thursday.

The book, which Meghan threw her support behind as her first royal solo project, showcases recipes from women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London last year.

The women had gathered to cook in a communal kitchen in the months following and as word started to spread, the Hubb Community Kitchen was born.

Speaking to members of the charity in a speech, Meghan said working on the projects was "a tremendous labour of love".

 

"I said in the foreword that this is more than a cookbook," she said.

"And what I mean by that is the power of food is more than just the meal itself - it is the story behind it.

"When you get to know the story of the recipe you get to know the person behind it.

"And that's what we're talking about in terms of coming together, to really engage and talk and to be able to celebrate what connects us rather than what divides us.

"That I believe is the ethos of together."

For the event, Meghan matched a royal blue coat by Smythe with a pleated black skirt by Misha Nonoo and a black top by Tuxe.

Her mother chose a conservative beige ensemble consisting of pants, a top and a scarf.

The cookbook flew to the top of Amazon's bestseller list in a matter of days after being announced this week, despite not being released yet.

During the event, Meghan served dishes with women from the Hubb while Harry was seen talking and laughing with Ms Ragland who watched on with pride.

Speaking directly to the Hubb's women, Meghan said she was "privileged" to know them.

"I had just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by the women of the kitchen," she said.

"I'm so excited to see the projects you're going to continue to do in your own community, the community at large and also how you're going to inspire people globally by sharing your stories and your recipes.

"I'm so proud of you."

Ms Ragland's presence at such a momentous occasion for her daughter is in stark contrast to her outspoken father Thomas Markle who continues to cause Meghan grief during media interviews in the US.

Just this week, Mr Markle claimed he'd received "multiple death threats" from a violent ex-boyfriend of his female friend Lori Davis.

Ms Ragland's visit has also fuelled speculation that she's planning to move closer to her daughter in the UK.

The former actress penned the cookbook's foreword, writing; "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."



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