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Danielle McCarthy

Duchess Meghan's touching gesture after tragedy

Duchess Meghan's touching gesture after tragedy

The Duchess of Sussex has started a very touching project in the wake of London’s tragic Grenfell Tower fire disaster which killed 71 people.

In her first solo royal project, Duchess Meghan has lent her support for a charitable cookbook that contains recipes from women who were affected by the tragedy.

The idea for the Together cookbook came from a group of women who started gathering in a communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural heritage Centre in West London last summer to prepare food for their loved ones.

The women’s gathering quickly formed into the Hubb Community Kitchen.

Last night, photos were released of Meghan cooking in the kitchen with mainly Muslim women who were affected by the fire.

The Duchess first visited the kitchen in January this year and returns regularly for private visits.

Meghan’s passion for food is no secret and the former-actress used to write about food on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig.

Meghan’s character in Suits, the legal drama which first made her famous, was also tweaked to mirror her food enthusiasm.

Kensington Palace said Meghan believed in the powerful project and wanted to support the community kitchen so it could continue changing lives.

The proceeds from the book will fund the Hubb to stay open seven days a week and welcome more people through its doors.

The book, which has a forward written by Meghan, contains personal recipes by women from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.

In her foreword, Meghan wrote: “I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it 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.

“Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.”

A good friend of Meghan’s, tennis star Serena Williams, tweeted her support of the project.

The cookbook will be published by Penguin Random House and supported by The Royal Foundation.

Penguin Random House chair Baroness Rebuck said the company was captivated by the vision of the cookbook.

“Every woman who has contributed a recipe to this book has also contributed a fragment of their lives and memories,” he said.

“Each dish tells a story of culture, family and a sense of home.

“But most of all Together is a homage to life and friendship and we hope it will act as a symbol to all communities and encourage cooking together for life and joy.”

The Royal Foundation will administer the transfer of funds from the sale of the cookbook to the Hubb Community Kitchen and related projects.