Heading back to the Grenfell community MEGHAN makes her mark in the kitchen
IS COOKING ON GAS IN THE HUBB OF THE COMMUNITY
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