British royal Meghan Markle to launch cookbook for Grenfell Tower inferno victims

Duchess of Sussex’s first charity project will raise money for families affected by the devastating fire in London in 2017

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 September, 2018, 10:17pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2018, 4:32am

In her first solo charity project, Meghan Markle, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, will launch a cookbook this week to support families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London.

The Duchess of Sussex has written the foreword to the recipe collection called Together: Our Community Cookbook, produced by women who suffered from the fatal blaze.

The June 2017 inferno at a 24-floor block of flats killed 71 people and left many more living in temporary accommodation.

Women affected by the disaster used a kitchen in a local community centre to prepare food for their families.

The duchess made several visits to the kitchen and helped bring the book to fruition, as well as narrating a video about the initiative.

“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” she wrote in the foreword.

“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 connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy.

“Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.”

The book showcases more than 50 recipes from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

Markle, a former actress, married Harry at Windsor Castle in May.

Joined by Harry, she is hosting an event at Kensington Palace on Thursday to mark the launch of the book.

The couple are due to go on their first major official trip outside Britain from October 16 to 31, touring Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

They will take in Harry’s Invictus Games in Sydney: a paralympic-style event for wounded military veterans.