Meghan Markle's mom, Doria Ragland, stuns in beige outfit at the duchess' cookbook launch
The proud mother of Meghan Markle made sure not to miss the launch of her cookbook, "Together: Our Community Cookbook" at the Kensington Palace. This marks her first royal engagement since the royal wedding, and she nailed it.
While Prince Harry looked dashing as Meghan's date, people were quick to notice her other plus one, her mother, Doria Ragland. The California-based yoga instructor flew all the way to England to celebrate the launch of her daughter's first major project since becoming a royal.
For the first time since the wedding, Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland is joining her and Harry on an official engagement. The Duchess of Sussex is launching the cookbook with the women of #Grenfell pic.twitter.com/80pWGxNHw3— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 20, 2018
Dressed in a beige sweater, slacks, ankle-strap pumps, and a shawl, Doria looked elegant as can be for the occasion. She fit right into the royal setting, introducing herself to guests as "Meghan's mom."
The Welcoming Bunch
During the event, Ragland was reportedly beaming with pride as she entertained guests alongside Harry and Meghan. While speaking to Baroness Gail Rebuck, the chair of publishing house "Penguin Random House", told Doria that she must feel "very proud" of her daughter and her work on the cookbook. The shy yet elegant mom replied with a simple:
"Head over heels."
Happy that her closest family and friends were able to make it to the event, Meghan embraced her guests warmly with kisses on the cheeks, clearly excited for the success of her book and even the launch itself.
The lovely trio, who at one point stood with their arms around one another, made their way across the place, entertaining people who were by the four food stations.
The Perfect Food Tour
Markle was the perfect host, doing demos of some of the recipes featured on the cookbook while her proud husband and mother looked on.
In the first food station, Ahlam Saeid showed off a large bowl of green rice. Meghan proceeded to add fresh dill and sunflower oil to the dish. According to Ragland, this was her favorite of them all.
Doria introduced herself as "Meg's mom" and said she was "head over heels" with pride pic.twitter.com/jm5xQBCEJH— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) September 20, 2018
"Oh, I love that. That was the first thing I asked about [after learning of the cookbook]."
And here are the scenes at Kensington Palace today for the launch of Together: Our Community Cookbook, in aid of the #Grenfell Hubb Community Kitchen, foreword by the Duchess of Sussex pic.twitter.com/TzH9D9SaOj— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) September 20, 2018
Afterward, they made their way through tables of salad, chapatis, and kofta kebabs, as Doria asked the cooks about all the ingredients, carefully listening to the way each herb and spice was described.
🎉 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Doria Ragland are today celebrating the launch of ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/MRGFjNJxM6— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 20, 2018
One of the cooks volunteered to set aside food for the royal couple, and Meghan was delighted, telling her: "Oh thank you, I'll take that home and have it for dinner."
“I’m so excited to see the projects you’re going to continue to do in your own community... and also how you’re going to inspire people globally by sharing your stories and recipes.” - a proud Meghan thanks the women of the Hubb Community Kitchenpic.twitter.com/88E5tGQTFg— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 20, 2018
While the Duchess of Sussex was walking around, Prince Harry made sure to walk a few steps behind to ensure that the spotlight was on his lovely wife. After all, it was her big day, not his.
Meghan's cookbook project is for charity, particularly the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, volunteering in the women's community kitchen and even creating a cookbook with their top 50 recipes.
All proceeds from the cookbook sales will be donated to the group of women, hoping to keep them up and running.