Head­ing back to the Gren­fell com­mu­nity MEGHAN makes her mark in the kitchen

IS COOK­ING ON GAS IN THE HUBB OF THE COM­MU­NITY

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When a dev­as­tat­ing fire tore through Gren­fell Tower in West Lon­don last year, killing 72 peo­ple and leav­ing hun­dreds more home­less, the tragedy touched the en­tire na­tion and saw Lon­don­ers rally round to help sur­vivors re­build their lives.

Film­ing her fi­nal scenes in the TV drama Suits in Toronto, Meghan Markle was so moved by the shock­ing im­ages that when she moved to Lon­don to start her new life, she qui­etly be­gan meet­ing a group of women help­ing to feed those af­fected by the tragedy at a com­mu­nity cen­tre kitchen.

And last week the Duchess of Sus­sex was re­united with mem­bers of The Hubb Com­mu­nity Kitchen (hubb means “love” in Ara­bic) at the Al-Manaar Mus­lim Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­tre to hear how a cook­book, for which she wrote the fore­word and which she helped launch just eight weeks ago, has raised AED986,000 [US$268,000] to help fund their work.

Ar­riv­ing in bright sun­shine, mother-to-be Meghan beamed as she and kitchen co-or­di­na­tor Za­heera Su­fyaan gave each other a warm em­brace.

To­gether: Our Com­mu­nity Cook­book has so far sold more than 41,000 copies in the UK, with tens of thou­sands more sold over­seas, and is on course to ex­ceed its fundrais­ing tar­get of £250,000 [AED1.175m/ US$320,000] by Christ­mas.

DISHING OUT LOVE

The Duchess, who wore a bur­gundy vel­vet-col­lared dress and bur­gundy wool coat by Club Monaco and

chil­dren, and a scheme to de­liver freshly cooked meals to women on ma­ter­nity wards.

Meghan’s friend, Miche­lin­starred chef Clare Smyth, who cooked for the Duke and Duchess’s evening wed­ding re­cep­tion in May, joined her for the visit.

Clare, who is one of sev­eral pro­fes­sion­als who will pro­vide the women with cook­ing mas­ter­classes, said: “Ev­ery com­mu­nity needs some­thing like this. If we could all do some­thing to­gether, we could solve the world’s prob­lems. [The women] def­i­nitely don’t need my help but if there is any­thing I can do to help them, I will.”

Meghan, who has con­tin­ued to visit the project in pri­vate, kissed and hugged all of the women be­fore she left.

A royal aide said she would con­tinue to work with the women, adding: “This project will al­ways have a spe­cial place in her heart.”

The Duchess of Sus­sex ar­rives at The Hubb Com­mu­nity Kitchen in North Kens­ing­ton, where she helps pre­pare food (right). The kitchen was started by a group of women who came to­gether to pre­pare fresh meals for their com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the Gren­fell Tower fire

Meghan helps pack­age meals for de­liv­ery to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. Pro­ceeds from the sale of The Hubb’s cook­book have en­abled the kitchen to open seven days a week

Meghan stirs the pot in be­tween chat­ting (be­low left) to some of the women whose hard work and ded­i­ca­tion have made The Hubb such a suc­cess

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