MEGHAN: I STAND BY GREN­FELL SUR­VIVORS

Duchess will use pro­file to help re­build lives

Irish Daily Mirror - - WATTS THE GOSS - BY RUS­SELL MY­ERS Royal Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Duchess of Sus­sex has vowed to help the sur­vivors of the Gren­fell Tower tragedy re­build their lives.

Meghan, 37, has struck up a “deep and per­sonal friend­ship” with sev­eral dur­ing se­cret vis­its to Hubb Com­mu­nity Kitchen, which helps fam­i­lies left des­ti­tute by the blaze.

She col­lab­o­rated on a cook­book to help raise funds for the project and got back in touch af­ter re­turn­ing from her first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tour with Prince Harry, 34, re­cently.

And she now “sees it as he per­sonal duty to help the sur­vivors” – and will help them for “as long as it takes”.

A palace source said: “The Duchess has made reg­u­lar pri­vate vis­its to the kitchen and to the women of Hubb and will con­tinue to do so.

“She has said how moved she has been by their courage and to­geth­er­ness, and hopes by work­ing to­gether and col­lab­o­rat­ing on projects like the book they can find strength mov­ing for­ward.”

An­other source close to Meghan said: “Meghan has promised she will not let the sur­vivors be for­got­ten. The book was just an ex­am­ple of the way she is us­ing her plat­form for good and we are def­i­nitely go­ing to see more of this.

“Be­hind closed doors, she has taken it to heart and sees it as her per­sonal duty to help the sur­vivors af­ter be­ing so deeply moved by their sto­ries.

“She has promised to stand by them for as long as it takes.”

Meghan launched To­gether: Our Com­mu­nity Cook­book ear­lier this year at Kens­ing­ton Palace. It has 50 recipes and sales of 50,000 will raise €280,000 to keep the com­mu­nity kitchen open two years.

The Mir­ror re­vealed how Meghan had been pay­ing se­cret vis­its to Hubb in Al Manaar Mus­lim Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­tre, near the West Lon­don tower where 72 died in June 2017, since Jan­uary.

Zahira Ghaswala, 38, the co­or­di­na­tor at the Hubb Com­mu­nity Kitchen, from Houn­slow, said: “She just got stuck in straight away. It was just all nat­u­ral – the joy, the hap­pi­ness. She tasted some of our menus, and she asked me, ‘Let’s make a cook­book’.”

“She en­joys be­ing with the women, see­ing the women’s skills, their abil­i­ties and their tal­ents com­ing for­ward. It just feels very sup­port­ive, very real.”

Our source added: “She’ll stand with the com­mu­nity and help them in their strug­gle to piece their lives to­gether.”

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