Duchess of Sussex takes mother to Grenfell book launch as surprise guest

Toby Graves
September 21, 2018

The Duke of Sussex was on hand to help Meghan launch her first solo charity project - a cookbook, Together, which raises money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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

Meghan Markle was accompanied by her husband Prince Harry, and her mom, Doria Ragland for the celebration.

In a video captured by ITV's Chris Ship, Meghan says: 'Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labor of love.

Her mum, meanwhile, embraced each of the women with a warm hug, telling them: "It's awesome". I'm just as excited as you are. "It's the story behind it", she said.

In her speech, which was made without notes, Meghan thanked all those involved, adding: "On a personal note I'm especially grateful because this is my first project so I appreciate your support and the vision that I had for this and seeing it come to fruition". This whole country is represented by the people in the kitchen.

The mother and daughter have not been seen together in public since the royal wedding on 19 May.

Ms Ragland was the surprise guest at the lunchtime event on Perk's Field, outside the Palace.

Looking elegant in a fawn coloured two-piece ensemble with a matching shawl draped across her shoulders, the 62-year-old simply introduced herself to guests, saying: "Hi, I'm Meg's mum", according to Daily Mail. "Head over heels", she replied.

The duchess stood out in a bright blue coat from Smythe.

Upon seeing an enormous bowl of green rice, Ragland said, "Oh I love that". "That was the first thing I asked about" [after learning of the cook book]. It's a community cookbook that the Duchess of Sussex just put out today.

After lunch, the trio took a group photo with the women of the Hubb and their children before sticking around to chat. I'm going to tell everyone, I met her [each of the cooks]! "I'm going to make everything, I'm serious".

Meghan and Harry then sat down to eat with the women and their guests, including those from the local community, to enjoy a series of dishes that incorporated a blend of cultures.

Proceeds from the sale of the book, which can be pre-ordered now through Amazon, will go to the Hubb Community Kitchen so that it can stay open seven days each week.

After encouraging her followers to "grab this book" because "it has wonderful recipes from all women, from all backgrounds coming together and just doing something and cooking".

PA Wire/PA Images The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London.

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