For the first time in her reign as a duchess, Meghan Markle has brought her mother, Doria Ragland, to an official royal engagement.
Alongside husband Prince Harry, Markle hosted her very first Kensington Palace luncheon in celebration of the launch of her new charity cookbook, Together: Our Community Cookbook. People notes that for the palace event, Markle and her mother made a meal of coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, and chapatis with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Also, per People, the cookbook features less of the rustic cuisine musings we might’ve seen on Markle’s old blog, The Tig; rather, it was curated by Markle to feature the culinary skills of a diverse group of women she met at the Hubb Community Kitchen, whose lives were affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire last summer.
In fact, none of the recipes even come from Markle. Rather, the duchess wrote the foreword to ensure the spotlight was given to the brave women who used cooking to overcome trauma and grief. “Together is more than a cookbook. This is a tale of friendship, and a story of togetherness. It is a homage to the power of cooking as a community, and the recipes that allow us to connect, share, and look forward,” she wrote in the foreword. “In January 2018, as I was settling in to my new home of London, it was important to me to get to know organizations working in the local community. I made a quiet trip to Al Manaar, a mosque close to the Grenfell community.”
She continued, “In 2017 I had watched the Grenfell Tower tragedy unfold on the news; I was in Canada at the time, sharing the global sentiment of shock and sympathy for what this community was enduring, while also deeply wanting to help. Fast-forward seven months, and I was set to meet some of the women affected by the fire, at a community kitchen in Al Manaar. The kitchen was opened after the Grenfell tragedy, offering women who had been displaced and the community around them a space to cook food for their families…Their roles as matriarchs united them across their cultures; the kitchen provided an opportunity to cook what they knew and to taste the memory of home, albeit homes some had recently lost.”
Check out some photos of Markle, Prince Harry, and Ragland at the event, below: