Meghan Markle brings mom Doria Ragland to her Grenfell cookbook launch

Brenda Watkins
September 20, 2018

The Duchess was also joined by her mother Doria Ragland and her husband Prince Harry.

In her first public speech as a member of the royal family, Meghan Markle celebrated the release of her charity cookbook: Together: Our Community Cookbook.

"I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together", the former "Suits" actress said in a statement on The Royal Foundation's website.

The Duchess' mum, Doria, was spotted at Los Angeles International airport earlier this week which sparking speculation she was flying to see her daughter.

Meghan, Harry and Doria were gracious hosts, greeting the women from Hubb Community Kitchen, all of whom contributed 50-plus recipes for the cookbook.

Duchess Meghan Markle learned of their initiative and not only took an interest but rolled up her sleeves and dove in to help come up with a project that would keep the Hubb Community Kitchen open.

Ragland, who wore a camel coloured sweater, pants and matching shawl, reportedly introduced herself as "Meg's mom" and if you didn't love both of them before, now you do.

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The duchess wrote the foreword for Together, which is in bookshops from Thursday but has been available to order online for a few days.

Meghan Markle's mom came flying to her daughter's side for the Duchess of Sussex's first solo project this week, and the timing of her visit couldn't be more flawless.

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.

There was a large range on the menu, including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and a range of chapatis and sharing dips.

She said the project had been a "tremendous labour of love". Meghan continued, "That's a testament to what this means to people and I'm so proud of you".

"And when you know the story of the recipe, you get to know the person behind it, and that's what we're talking about in terms of coming together to really engage and talk and to be able to really celebrate what connects us rather than what divides us".

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