Meghan Markle helps prepare about 300 meals for the homeless on the threshold of Thanksgiving
The Duchess of Sussex visited the Hubb Community Kitchen where she worked with a diverse group of women preparing meals. She was greeted with a revamped kitchen which gave off a "joyful spirit."
On Wednesday, Markle, 37, returned for a public visit to see what changes had been made with the place. Kitchen co-ordinator Zaheera Sufyaan and chief executive of the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Centre Abdurahman Sayed greeted the royal family member according to Hello Magazine.
Funds from Markle's charity cookbook "Together: Our Community Cookbook," had been given to the kitchen for improvement. It reportedly received a total revamp following Markle's involvement.
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Today, The Duchess of Sussex is visiting the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how the proceeds from ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ are already making a difference locally. #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/YbFgXwNezP— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) November 21, 2018
The book, which was released in September, consists of at least 50 recipes. Survivors and those affected by the Grenfell fire tower worked with Markle to put it together.
The collaborate work has already become a bestseller. On Amazon, it sold 40,000 copies within the UK. A total of £210,000 came out of it for the kitchen.
The place was redesigned with input from the many volunteers. The cooking area now has proper hygiene and safety measures for the women. Additionally, they can organize and carry out events from the building as well.
The Duchess of Sussex has arrived at the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London to see how the proceeds from Together are helping make a difference. pic.twitter.com/FKyjCF8W90— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) November 21, 2018
After giving many of them a hug, Markle told the volunteers:
"It starts from one idea and from this one idea starts so much. I'm so proud of you."
Markel's donations also allowed the women to keep the kitchen open seven days a week rather than two. Wednesday's work catered to the elderly, homeless shelters, and women's refugees.
Markle introduced her close friend and Michelin starred chef Clare Smyth to the volunteers. Then they all chatted together as they prepared around 300 meals.
The Duchess introduces friend and Michelin starred chef Clare Smyth to the women, as they prepare 300 meals for the local community to be delivered to care homes, homeless shelters and women’s refuges. pic.twitter.com/c9SH3LDAPw— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) November 21, 2018
The Duchess was pictured in a black apron mixing some rainbow roasted vegetables, a recipe devised by Ahlam Saeid. Markle also helped divide up a chocolate traybake before it could be delivered.
She and husband Prince Harry are expecting their first child in Spring of 2019. While working, Markle adorably cradled her small baby bump as it protruded from underneath her burgundy coat.
Later on, she drank tea and discussed with the women what future projects they are looking to pursue. Some of these include preparing healthy snacks for kids and distributing food to the homeless.
The women spoke to The Duchess about their new projects at the Kitchen, including a project delivering nutritious meals for women in Maternity wards, and a group offering a safe space for women affected by domestic violence. pic.twitter.com/AWpJ2Yn4xk— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) November 21, 2018
Other meals prepared included barberry rice, Persian chicken, and Egyptian lamb Fattah.
Back in September Markle launched the cookbook. She described it as a "tremendous labor of love."
She commended the volunteers for their "warmth and kindness." She further praised the diversity of the kitchen and highlighted "how multicultural it was."
The women share their long-term vision for the Hubb Community Kitchen and their ideas for how they can use further proceeds from Together to help reach even more people in their community. #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/TqfxHdB0n4— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) November 21, 2018
Royal followers compared Markle's burgundy and black outfit to her sister-in-law's own ensemble the same day. The Duchess of Cambridge adorned the same colors for a visit to the University College of London.
She met with the Professor Eamon McCrory, the Co-Director of the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit. Middleton looked at efforts made toward improving the emotional and social development of children.
Of course, both women wore their holiday colors with stunning elegance and beauty. It was heartwarming to see them both visit places working towards far-reaching causes.