Meghan Markle Made Her First Public Speech Without Any Notes And It Was Absolutely Flawless
Meghan Markle made her first public speech as a member of the royal family during the launch of her new cookbook at Kensington Palace on Thursday, and the whole thing was absolutely flawless.
The Duchess of Sussex spoke to the audience for almost three minutes without even a glance at her notes, talking about her new project Together: Our Community Cookbook.
Meghan's book has been produced alongside a group of women using cooking to heal in the aftermath of the Grenfell tower, and is the Duchess' first solo project since officially joining the royal family.
During her speech, she thanked everyone who had made the book possible, giving a mention to the Hubb Community Kitchen, who had contributed recipes to the book.
Meghan's proud mum Doria Ragland and her husband Prince Harry reportedly watched on as she made her speech to those attending.
"Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labor of love," Meghan said. "I had just recently moved to London, and I felt so immediately embraced by the women in the kitchen, their warmth, and their kindness, and also to be able to see, in this one small room, how multicultural it was."
She continued: "On a personal level, I feel so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity. It's 12 countries represented in this one group of women. It's pretty outstanding.
"There's so many people to thank. Of course, Penguin Random House and Ebury [Press], your support and belief in this from the beginning has been incredible. Al Manaar [Muslim Cultural Heritage Center], thank you so much in the support seeing this through for us. Our team at Kensington Palace and the Royal Foundation, on a personal note, I'm especially grateful because this is my first project, so I appreciate your support in the vision that I had for this and seeing it come to fruition.
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"And then everyone behind the scenes. It truly took a village to see this through. From [food] economists and photography and people donating their time and energy, even on the event today, to see this happen. Everyone embraced this so deeply because it's been a passion project for all of us, and for a very good reason.
"I said in the foreword that this is more than a cookbook. And what I mean by that is the power of food is more than just the meal itself; it is the story behind it. And when you get to know the story of the recipe, you get to know the person behind it.
"And that's what we're talking about in terms of coming together, to really engage and talk and be able to celebrate what connects us rather than what divides us. That, I believe, is the ethos of Together.
"So, to the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this adventure with you.
"I'm so privileged to know you. I'm so excited to see the projects that you're going to continue to do in your own community, the community at large, and also how you're going to inspire people globally by sharing your stories and your recipes.
"It's so impactful. You can see in just a few days alone, and the book's not even out yet! What you've been able to do, that's a testament to people and I'm so proud of you."
She finished: "So, on that note, I know some people have started eating, as you should.
"I'd be the last one to want the food to get cold, so please enjoy a beautiful lunch, and one last round of applause for the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen."
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