What Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Chose as Their First Solo Projects
The Duchess of Sussex is lending a hand for a great cause. Meghan Markle announced Monday she is releasing a charity cookbook featuring recipes from women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. It's her first public solo project after her wedding to Prince Harry in May.
She wrote the foreword for the book, calledTogether: Our Community Cookbook, which comes out September 20. To celebrate its release, Meghan and some women from the Hubb Community Kitchen will cook for guests at Kensington Palace.
Meghan, Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton have all publicly paid tribute to victims of the fire, and privately visited families affected by the tragedy. Charity work is a crucial part of being a member of the royal family, and Meghan seems to be following the lead of her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, in lending her high profile to great causes, without her royal husband by her side.
In January 2012, about nine months after her wedding to William, Kate announced she would become the patron of four charities: Action on Addiction, East Anglia’s Children Hospices, art therapy charity the Art Room, and the National Portrait Gallery, according to BBC News. She also announced she’d become a volunteer at the Scout Association. Over the next two months, Kate visited these organizations, both publicly and privately.
Defining the first solo project depends on whether you count her public or private appearances. On February 1,The Telegraphreported, Kate made a private, unofficial visit to Clouds House, a treatment center next to Action on Addiction’s main office. She reportedly spent several hours at the addiction clinic, and she met the staff and several of their patients.
It was one of a series of private trips to charities she took since her wedding to Prince William. “The Duchess will continue to use her time to get to know people at the charity,” a royal family spokesperson told the newspaper. “You can’t learn everything there is to know in one day, you have to keep going back to gain an in-depth understanding.” She'd later make public visits to support the charity.
Her first public, solo visit to a charity as a patron was just a week later, on February 8, when she stopped by the National Portrait Gallery for a preview of a new exhibition. The art-history major went on an hour-long tour of the show, which featured more than 100 paintings by Lucien Freud. “It’s an honor for the Duchess to be patron of such a distinguished body and having spent the last few months preparing for the role she has been looking forward very much to this,” a royal spokesperson said.
Meghan hasn’t yet announced the charities she will choose to patronize. But given her first project—and her sister-in-law’s great example—it’s certain she’ll choose wisely.
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