Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Duchess of Sussex set to show off culinary skills

Duchess of Sussex set to show off culinary skills

The former actress from the United States, who married Prince Harry and is now the Duchess of Sussex, hosted the reception at Kensington Palace beside her mother, Doria Ragland, to support the cookbook titled "Together".

This is the first time Meghan has been seen with any of her family since the wedding.

However, there are reports Meghan has made a secret trip to Los Angeles to see her mother since then and is considering moving to the United Kingdom to be close to her only daughter. It is the story behind it and 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.

According to Daily Mail correspondent Rebecca English, Ragland introduced herself to guests at the event as "Meg's mom".

The Duchess of Sussex has spoken of how important the multicultural Grenfell kitchen was in making her feel welcome in London, as she brought her mother Doria as the surprise guest at her book launch.

Her appearance alongside her famous daughter was unusual as non-royal family members do not attend official royal engagements.

She said the project had been a "tremendous labour of love".

As part of her first solo project since becoming a duchess, she thought the book could help fund the kitchen opening more than just two days a week.

It recently emerged that Meghan has been secretly going to a community mosque to cook with victims affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and has put her name to a book of recipes created in the Hubb Community Kitchen, an initiative based close to the tower in West London.

With Prince Harry and Doria standing by looking every inch the proud husband and mom, Meghan made a heartfelt speech to the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. The dishes include coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, caramelized plum upside-down cake and spiced mint tea.

The duchess will join the women as they cook the dishes and assist with the preparations, before the group and the duke and duchess sit to enjoy the freshly made food with their guests.

Kensington Palace released photographs of the Duchess - who also appears on the front cover of the book - chatting, laughing and cooking with fellow volunteers in the kitchen at the Al Manaar Cultural Centre, as well as stopping to play with younger visitors.

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