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The Duchess of Sussex brings people “Together”

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

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In the wee hours of Wednesday, June 14, 2017, a fire broke out at Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey, working-class housing complex in North Kensington in London. The fire that burned for over 60 hours claimed 72 lives, injured over 70 persons and displaced 106 families. The fire, documented as the “worst UK residential fire since the Second World War”, required 250 firefighters from 70 fire engines to extinguish it.

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has given her support to a cookbook from the Hubb Community Kitchen that was set up in the aftermath of the fire. Together: Our Community Cookbook features recipes from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa reflecting “the diversity of the local community”. In the foreword, the duchess notes that the community kitchen “is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together” and “creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy”.

Earlier this year, Markle visited the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington and was moved by the stories and indefatigable spirits of the women. When she heard that the kitchen could only open a few days a week due to a lack of funds she stepped into action.

On September 20 the cookbook was officially launched with an afternoon reception on the lawns of Kensington Palace. The duchess's mom Doria Ragland flew in from Los Angeles to support her daughter. In attendance, too, was doting husband, Prince Harry, naturally.

In a press release, Kensington Palace noted that proceeds from Together: Our Community Cookbook “will go toward keeping the kitchen open and helping it expand”. The cookbook is available on Amazon and ships to Jamaica.

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