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September 17, 2018

Meghan Markle helps launch a cookbook as her first royal solo project

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Meghan Markle is co-releasing a cookbook that will combine recipes from those located in the Grenfell area. The proceeds will go towards the community kitchen. 

The 37-year-old worked with several women whose community was impacted by the fire. She brings together her love for philanthropy and her joy of cooking. 

The Kensington Royal shared a video to Instagram on Monday. The clip is found below.

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It gave followers a behind-the-scenes look of Markle as she cooked alongside several women. 

The woman support residents of Grenfell affected by the fire and others in the community.

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The book, named "Together: Our Community Cookbook," contains 50 recipes, some of which were showcased in the clip.

Sales of the book from the Duchess' first solo project will benefit the Hubb Community Kitchen, "enabling it to stay open" for seven days a week. 

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Hello Magazine reported that Markle wrote the foreword for the book and assisted in its publication. 

The forward reads: "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 connected, 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."

Markle's first visit to the kitchen was in January 2018. Since then, she continued to make private visits to the kitchen as well as to other organisations to learn about the charity sector. 

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The kitchen in the video is located at the Al Manaar community mosque in North Kensington, West London, near the Grenfell Tower site.

Markle went alone, with only a royal protection officer and one of the prince's aides for protection.

The devastating fire caused 72 deaths back in June 2017. The book's contributors come from Europe, the Middle East, North African and the Eastern Mediterranean. 

"She has a special place in our heart," said one leading community member to the Mirror.

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It was Meghan who came up with the idea. And it's no wonder since the duchess previously shared her love of cooking in a now-defunct lifestyle blog called "The Tig."

She told Today:

"I am a big fan of Sunday suppers. Whether we're eating lamb tagine, pot roast or a hearty soup, the idea of gathering for a hearty meal with friends and family on a Sunday makes me feel comforted." She continued, "I enjoy making slow-cooked food on Sundays, like Filipino-style chicken adobo. It's so easy—combine garlic, soy (or Bragg Liquid Aminos), vinegar, maybe some lemon and let the chicken swim in that sauce until it falls off the bone in a Crock Pot."

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The book will be released on September by Penguin Random House. It is supported by the Royal Foundation and will cost £ 9.99.

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Markle's actions are commendable and for a good cause. But one person has not been supportive of her overall involvement with the Royal Family.

Despite it being several months post-marriage for the former actress, Markle's father has continued to criticize the royal family. 

Last month, Thomas Markle compared the highly-esteemed royalty to the Church of Scientology and "The Stepford Wives" show. 

The former Hollywood lighting director's relationship with his daughter has continued to appear rocky.

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