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Meghan Markle calls women behind a Grenfell community kitchen from her California home

Meghan Markle praised the “incredible” performance of the women behind a community kitchen in Grenfell as she enjoyed a phone call with them from her $14 million home in Santa Barbara.

The 40-year-old Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth to her daughter Lilibet in June, spoke to those who created the Hubb community kitchen in west London after the Grenfell fire. The evening standard.

Long supported by the Sussexes, the initiative was set up to provide support and hot meals to bereaved families following the Grenfell fire, which killed 72 people on 14 June 2017.

Meghan called from her California mansion, which she shares with her daughter, son Archie, two, and husband Prince Harry, saying she was “most proud” of the women for “taking care of everyone in the community.”

Meghan, who has repeatedly checked in with the community effort, developed a close relationship with Hubb’s community kitchen after the release of her 2018 charity cookbook Together, which marked her first solo venture as a royal.

Meghan Markle (pictured) praised the “incredible” performance of the women behind a community kitchen in Grenfell as she enjoyed a phone call with them from her $14 million home in Santa Barbara.

The people behind the initiative had met for a celebratory lunch in the center of Al-Manaar in north Kensington.

In her appeal, Meghan said: “We started Hubb together and I think I’m most proud of what all of you have been able to do, not just what we created to meet an immediate need right after the fire.

The Duchess, who has previously frequented the community kitchen, added: “…Other than that, what you’ve made of it as a group and individually is incredible, you’ve just continued to take care of everyone in the community.”

One of the Hubb volunteers, Chérine Mallah, told the publication that it was “wonderful” for Meghan to praise their work and that they were “very happy” to get the call from her.

The Duchess of Sussex (pictured in November 2018), 40, who gave birth to her daughter Lilibet in June, spoke to those who created the Hubb community kitchen in west London after the Grenfell fire

The Duchess of Sussex (pictured in November 2018), 40, who gave birth to her daughter Lilibet in June, spoke to those who created the Hubb community kitchen in west London after the Grenfell fire

The Duchess of Sussex (pictured in November 2018), 40, who gave birth to her daughter Lilibet in June, spoke to those who created the Hubb community kitchen in west London after the Grenfell fire

“It’s huge for us. The next days of our lives are exactly the same, but we know that someone as famous as Meghan supports us. It’s really beautiful,’ said Chérine.

In April 2020, Meghan took part in a call with several members of the group to discuss how to adapt their work during the lockdowns.

The kitchen was set up by Grenfell survivors at the Al Manaar Mosque after the 24-storey flat burned into the deadliest residential fire since World War II.

Meanwhile, Meghan cut a chic figure in a blue shirt and jeans yesterday when she appeared on a children’s YouTube channel to read her book The Bench.

The Duchess of Sussex tied her hair in a sleek bun and piled up the jewelry for the video, which showed her sitting on a chair in the yard of her $14 million mansion in Santa Barbara.

The video was shared on the Brightly Storytime channel, which is run by Penguin Random House, the publishing house that published The Bench and with which Prince Harry also has a book deal.

Before starting to read, she explained: ‘Today I will read you my book The Bench with illustrator Christian Robinson…I asked him to do something special for me and use watercolors, which is not the normal medium in which he works. , but he did it to make it extra special.

Yesterday Meghan cut a chic figure in a blue shirt and jeans when she appeared on a YouTube channel for children to read her book The Bench

Yesterday Meghan cut a chic figure in a blue shirt and jeans when she appeared on a YouTube channel for children to read her book The Bench

Yesterday Meghan cut a chic figure in a blue shirt and jeans when she appeared on a YouTube channel for children to read her book The Bench

“I wrote this as a poem for my husband and our son Archie and turned it into a book for you to enjoy.”

At the end of the clip, the Duchess can be seen closing the book and explaining: ‘I hope you enjoyed The Bench, I loved sharing it with you.

“And now I hope you’re able to find your own special bench, or chair, or quiet corner.

“Just a place that means something to you and that you can share with someone you love. Have a nice day and come back to Brightly Storytime soon. Bye!’

Inspired by a poem the Duchess of Sussex wrote to Prince Harry on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born, The Bench explores the “special bond between father and son” as “seen through a mother’s eyes”.

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