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Markle backs new cookbook to help project set up after Grenfell fire

Duchess of Sussex backs charity cookbook in support of survivors of Britain's deadliest domestic fire since World War II

Britain's Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has lent her backing to a new charity cookbook to help a community cooking project set up in the wake of London's Grenfell Tower fire which killed 71 people.

The Hubb Community Project was created last summer by women seeking somewhere to cook fresh food for their families and friends following the blaze which engulfed the 24-storey social housing block in west London.

Together: Our Community Cookbook, a collection of 50 recipes from the diverse users of the communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, will be used to allow the project to expand and open seven days a week.

"I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together," the 37-year-old duchess, who first visited the kitchen in January and has made other private visits since, wrote in a 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 - something we can all relate to."

Her support for the project is her first solo venture since becoming a member of Britain's royal family after marrying Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry in May.

The Grenfell fire was Britain's deadliest fire on domestic premises since World War II and there was criticism that the authorities were slow to provide new permanent accommodation for many of the survivors.

The duchess will host an event at Kensington Palace today to launch the cookbook with the proceeds from sales going to the Hubb project. - REUTERS

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