Since officially joining the royal family just over five months ago, Meghan Markle has largely been supporting causes her husband, Prince Harry has championed for years now.
But during an interview about joining the Royal Foundation (the fund Catherine, William and Harry set up to support their charities), Meghan revealed that she had been undergoing her own research, regarding the charities she wanted to support on a solo basis.
It was also reported many months ago that the Duchess of Sussex had been making regular private visits to communities affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. However, at the time, the reason behind the visits was unclear.
But now, it seems all is explained – as Kensington Palace have announced that Meghan’s first solo project as a royal family member is working with a certain Grenfell community to support survivors and families.
Today, the palace have announced that Meghan Markle is supporting ‘a new charity cookbook, ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’, which celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together. #CookTogether’.
The cookbook grew after the Duchess visited the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al-Manaar centre near to Grenfell, where women had begun to gather to cook to feed their families, after losing their homes in the fire.
Kensington Palace revealed, ‘The Duchess of Sussex first visited the kitchen in January, and has continued to make regular private visits. United by their passion for cooking as a way of strengthening communities, The Duchess was inspired by how the project empowers women at a grassroots level. #CookTogether’.
‘United by their passion for food and cooking as a way of strengthening communities, The Duchess of Sussex and the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen are pleased to share ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ #CookTogether’.
The palace also revealed that profits from the cookbook will enable the kitchen to stay open 7 days a week – where before, it was only open two – and will continue to help the community affected by the tragedy.
It’s thought by many fans to be an ideal fit as a first royal project for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Even before meeting Prince Harry, Meghan was vocal about sharing her love and passion for food and cooking. One fan wrote, ‘I love that she is helping a community heal and staying true to herself as well.’, while another agreed, saying, ‘This charity project neatly encompasses three of Duchess Meghan’s many interests such as cooking, writing, and philanthropy which is awesome.’
Meghan has actually also written the foreword for the book, where she detailed how much cooking means to her and why she feels the kitchen and the project are so important.
She said, “I have a lifelong interest in the story of food – where it comes from, why we embrace it, and how it brings us together. Within this kitchen’s walls, there exists not only the communal bond of togetherness through sharing food, but also a cultural diversity that creates what I would describe as a passport on a plate.”
Revealing why she decided to support the kitchen, she explained, “I immediately felt connection to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.”
And, being that her new home of Kensington Palace is just minutes away from the site of the fire, the important cookbook project appears to be a logical first step for Meghan’s royal working life.