Meghan Markle’s first solo project has been announced, and it makes so much sense
Meghan Markle has reportedly taken on her first solo endeavor since becoming a royal, and it couldn’t be more fitting for the self-proclaimed foodie. This morning, September 17th, Kensington Palace revealed that the Duchess of Sussex will be supporting Together: Our Community Cookbook, a charity community cookbook written by survivors of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.
The cookbook, featuring more than 50 recipes, was written by the women who run Hubb Community Kitchen, which has become a gathering place for survivors of the disaster that killed 72 residents and displaced more than 250 people.
Kensington Palace announced Markle’s support of the cookbook in a short video posted to the palace’s official Instagram account, featuring footage of the duchess’s visits to the Kitchen. In the short video, the former actress and lifestyle blogger explained the importance of the cookbook and the community of women who run the space.
"Together is a cookbook, but it's also the story of a west London community who gathered together in a kitchen and discovered the healing power of sharing food," she said.
In the clip, one member shared the inspiration for the community kitchen's name, saying, "We've called the kitchen the Hubb Community Kitchenbecause in Arabic, hubb means love and we share love in here."
Markle reportedly first visited the Kitchen back in January and has returned regularly for private visits. Per The Telegraph, the duchess wrote about her experience in the book’s foreword.
“The kitchen buzzes with women of all ages; women who have lived and seen life; laughing chatting, sharing a cup of tea and a story, while children play on the floor or are rocked to sleep in their strollers," she wrote. “You should undoubtedly arrive on an empty stomach because upon departure you will have been stuffed to the gills with samosas flecked with cinnamon, chapatis flavoured with carrots and onion, Russian Semolina cake and my very favourite avocado dip that I now make at home.
Kensington Palace also shared a photo of the duchess cooking alongside members of the kitchen.
“The Hubb Community Kitchen is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together. Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy–in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy–something we can all relate to,” reads the caption, which is an excerpt from Markle’s foreword.
The duchess’s support for the cookbook may have just been made public, but it’s already picked up support from another of our favorite famous woman. Markle’s friend, tennis superstar Serena Williams, took to Twitter to praise the cookbook.
The announcement of Markle’s first solo project comes just one month before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to embark on their first overseas tour. The tour, which will coincide with the 2018 Invictus Games, will feature stops in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.