Meghan Markle hosted her first palace lunch for a very important cause on Thursday as she launched a special cookbook she helped create.
Meghan, 37, was accompanied by husband Prince Harry, 34, and her mom, Doria Ragland (who flew in from L.A. earlier in the week), at the Kensington Palace celebration to mark the publication of Together: Our Community Cookbook.
But it was very much her moment. Wearing a black top by Tuxe, a black skirt by her designer pal Misha Nonoo and a bright blue coat by Smyth, Meghan joined the women from the Hubb Community Kitchen and created a meal of coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and chapatis at the royal couple’s palace home.
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Meghan and Harry then sat down with the women and their guests, including those from the local community, the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre and representatives from the book’s publishers Ebury Press to enjoy the freshly-made feast.
As the women and Meghan showcased the recipes in the royal setting, dessert included caramelized plum upside-down cake, and spiced mint tea.Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!
Meghan wrote the foreword for the book, which features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in which more than 70 people died.
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In it, she said, the Hubb (which means love in Arabic) “is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together. Melding cultural identities under a shared roof . . . 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