Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, knows how to pack a decorative punch at lunch. On Thursday, she held an event for her new cookbook, Together, which includes recipes from women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. They all reunited to prepare a meal—and to dine and celebrate—at Kensington Palace.
But a stuffy luncheon with white tablecloths and fine crystal this was not. It was held under a cheerful white tent with blue detailing. Guests were seated at long, uncovered wooden tables adorned with colorful arrangements of seasonal flowers in glass vases. Simple chairs with cream cushions lined the edges.
The menus were decorated with kaleidoscopic shapes, tied with a golden tassel on top. Each dish was written out in beautiful calligraphy (a detail that the duchess, a former calligrapher, surely appreciated).
The meal appeared to be served family style, with potato fritters, coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, and, yes, Markle’s favorite avocado dip all being passed around the table. The duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, also joined the festivities.
The whole laid-back setup wouldn’t have looked out of place in, say, a backyard in Southern California—where Markle grew up. It looks like she is developing her own royal stamp of approval.
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