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

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walks alongside her mother, Doria Ragland at the launch of the cookbook she helped created, "Together: Our Community Cookbook", at Kensington Palace on Thursday (September 20) in London, England.

Ragland's arrival was particularly notable considering the public has not seen her and Meghan together since her daughter's May wedding and this marks Ragland's first public engagement since the marriage.

The Daily Mail reports that inviting a family member to an official royal event is unprecedented, meaning Ragland's appearance was very significant.

Meghan's husband and mother looked on proudly as she gave a speech to launch the book, telling them the multi-cultural kitchen has been integral in helping her feel welcome in London after moving from Canada where she lived while filming the popular TV series Suits.

Meghan quickly got stuck in, preparing food that was laid out on trestle tables, dishing out green rice and later flipping chapatis and then watching kofta kebabs, turning them so they browned evenly.

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. She wrote the foreword for the book.




Meghan arrived at the event, wearing a $1,195 (approximately) £697 petrol blue coat by Canadian brand Smythe, with a black rollneck by Tuxe and a skirt by Misha Nonoo. Ragland gave each woman a hug and said, "It's wonderful".

"Working on this for the past nine months has been a tremendous labour of love, ' she said".

She added: There's so many people to thank - I'm extremely grateful because this is my first project and I appreciate your support. "That there are 12 countries represented in this one small room, is pretty outstanding", she continued.

Her Royal Highness first visited the kitchen in January 2018 on a private visit and had made many more visits since.

Guests included members of the local community, staff from Ebury Press, which is publishing the book, members of the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, where the kitchen is based, and staff from the Royal Foundation. "It is a homage to the power of cooking as a community, and the recipes that allow us to connect, share, and look forward".

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