Meghan Markle's mum Doria Ragland attends Grenfell charity cookbook launch

Oscar Cross
September 21, 2018

Markle joined the women from the Hubb Community Kitchen to cook a meal of coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and chapatis beneath a tent set up near Kensington Palace.

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.

The Duchess of Sussex said she was inspired by the women she met. (AAP) Meghan impressed the group by speaking without note for five minutes.

Cooking together as a community helped to heal wounds and look forward to the future.

Markle showed gratitude to the women for embracing her into their kitchens and for partaking in the cookbook, which she called a "tremendous labor of love".

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.

Harry was standing behind the Duchess and his mother-in-law, Doria Ragland, as they were getting ready to pose for a group photo with the women from the Hubb Community Kitchen, whose recipes are featured in the book.

"I'd just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by the women in the kitchen by your warmth and your kindness".

According to ITV's Royal Editor Chris Ship, Doria introduced herself saying "I'm Meg's mom" adding that she was "head over heels" with pride over her daughter's role within the cookbook.

Meghan continued: "Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive". Meghan was inspired by the project and how it empowers women at a grassroots level.

And Munira Mahmud, 34, also managed to escape the burning building, leading the rest of her family - including her husband, his father and their two children to safety.

The duchess's mother Doria Ragland was a surprise visitor for the launch of the cookbook, which will raise funds for the Hubb Community Project created last summer by survivors of the blaze that killed 71 people after engulfing the 24-storey social housing block in west London.

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