The Duchess of Sussex enjoyed a sweet moment with women from the Hubb Community Kitchen as they shared their joy over pregnancy for the first time.
Meghan, 37, visited the kitchen in West London yesterday to meet with survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy who she collaborated with on the Together: Our Community Cookbook.
And as she caught up with one delighted woman who embraced the Duchess and asked about her pregnancy, she admitted: ‘I wanted to tell you last time I saw you!’
As soon as the Duchess got inside, she abandoned formality and threw her arms around each of the women and kissed them, chattering excitedly about what they had been up to since she last saw them.
One of the women was eager to find out how Meghan was coping with her pregnancy and asked her: ‘How was your journey to Australia?’
‘Yes it was great, it was all good,’ she replied.
Glancing at Meghan’s baby bump, she gripped the Duchess’ hands and told her: ‘I’m so happy.’
At that point, Meghan smiled and admitted that she’d previously struggled to keep the news to herself.
The Duchess is in the second trimester of her pregnancy and is looking forward to welcoming her first child with Prince Harry in the Spring.
Meghan went to the Hubb Community Kitchen, not far from the site of the deadly tower block blaze in West London, to see first hand the progress made since the Together cookbook went on sale in September.
Wearing a burgundy dress and coat by Club Monaco, a Canadian company now owned by US fashion giant Polo Ralph Lauren, Meghan soon put on an apron, rolled up her sleeves and got stuck into helping prepare food.
She said to a group of women: ‘It starts from one idea and from this one idea starts so much. I’m so proud of you.’
The book – full title Together: Our Community Cookbook – took the number one spot on Amazon within hours of being unveiled two months ago and has since sold nearly 40,000 copies in the UK, raising £210,000.
Bumper sales of the cookbook, which features more than 50 recipes from women whose community was affected by the fire, have allowed a total makeover of the kitchen as well as longer opening hours.
Meghan, who suggested the idea of a fundraising cookbook when she first met the women, has previously described it as a ‘tremendous labour of love’.
The kitchen, redesigned with the women’s input to capture its spirit as a place for the community to come together over meals, now opens seven days a week, up from just two when it began last year.
Those involved have also been able to obtain food hygiene qualifications and been empowered to start their own projects for the benefit of the wider community.