Meghan Markle Brings Her Mom Along For Her First Royal Hosting Event

Meghan Markle Brings Her Mom Along For Her First Royal Hosting Event

Doria Ragland and Prince Harry were by the Duchess of Sussex’s side.
Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, arrive at the National Trust's Cliveden Estate the night before the royal w

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, arrive at the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate the night before the royal wedding on May 18. Ragland was on hand this week for the Duchess of Sussex’s first hosting event as a royal.

Meghan Markle hosted her first major event at Kensington Palace on Thursday and she did it alongside her mother, Doria Ragland, and husband, Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Sussex put on an event to launch a cookbook for which she wrote the foreword. The book, Together: Our Community Cookbook, contains 50 recipes from a group of women who began cooking together after they were affected by the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.

Ragland was spotted at the airport in Los Angeles a few days ago, and observers assumed she would be in London for Meghan’s big event.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives with her mother, Doria Ragland and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to host an event to mark th

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives with her mother, Doria Ragland and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to host an event to mark the launch of a cookbook.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex helps to prepare food at an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of wom

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex helps to prepare food at an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
Prince Harry and Doria Ragland look on as Meghan gives a speech. 

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Prince Harry and Doria Ragland look on as Meghan gives a speech.
Meghan speaking to the guests at the cookbook event. 

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Meghan speaking to the guests at the cookbook event.
So sweet! 

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So sweet!

According to Daily Mail correspondent Rebecca English, Ragland introduced herself to guests at the event as “Meg’s mom.”

Doria greeted guests today, saying simply: ‘Hi, I’m Meg’s mom.’

Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of publisher Penguin Random House, told Ms Ragland she must feel “very proud” of the Duchess and her work on the cookbook.

“Head over heels,” she replied. 💕 pic.twitter.com/wCZMFPibsm

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) September 20, 2018

Meghan also gave a speech thanking the women of the community kitchen as her mom and husband looked on.

Meghan speak for 3 mins without notes as she thanks the women of #hubbcommunitykitchen for ‘her first project’ pic.twitter.com/wismMJDg9W

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 20, 2018

The palace announced earlier this week that Meghan secretly began meeting and cooking with the women at the Hubb Community Kitchen in January. All proceeds from the book will benefit the kitchen.

“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” the former “Suits” actress said in a statement on The Royal Foundation’s website.

“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 ― something we can all relate to. … Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive,” she said in the statement.

The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in We

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The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London.

Serena Williams, who has been friends with the former actress for years, praised Meghan’s first solo project as a royal in a sweet Instagram post on Monday.

“I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project ‘Together’ [is] a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together,” Williams wrote. “I could not be more excited about it and proud of you.”

You can preview two of the recipes featured in the book here on HuffPost UK.

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