Doria Ragland is doing what many a proud mother has done before her and supporting her daughter in one of her first solo initiatives as a full-time royal. (Ok, the "full-time royal" thing may be a little different.)
Oh and Prince Harry was there too.
Today is official launch of the Duchess of Sussex's project to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, a cookbook called Together that is being sold to raise money for the Hubb Community Kitchen, a drop-in kitchen at the Al Manaar Centre in West London where Grenfell Tower families could prepare fresh food for themselves.
Meghan not only supported the women of the kitchen in this creating this book, but she also wrote a foreward to the book. The event today is at Kensington Palace, and Meghan is playing the roll of host as well as author, greeting women from the Hubb Community Kitchen.
Ragland was by her side as the Duchess said hello to the women and introduced herself, adorably, by said "Hi, I'm Meg's Mom," according to several royal correspondents who were there. When the chair of the book's publisher, Penguin Random house, told Ragalnd she must be very proud, Ragland responded "Head over heels."
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
As Hannah Furness, royal correspondent for the Daily Telegraph pointed out, Ragland's presence was a clear indicator of where Meghan gets her warm, natural approach to meeting with people. Despite the often stiff and formal circumstances of a royal meet and greet-and this one is on the grounds of a Palace no less-both Meghan and Doria were warm and effusive.
"She felt very much at home," Ragland said of Meghan's experience cooking with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. It was also obvious that Meghan had told her mother a lot about her experiences preparing food with the women. "I'm so glad I can put the face with the recipes," said Ragland, according to Furness. "I'm going to tell everyone, I met with her. I'm going to make everything I'm serious."
And perhaps most powerfully, Ragland noted "the power of women": "We make things happen. We're curious, we say yes, we show up. I'm inspired."
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