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Meghan joined by mother Doria at Kensington Palace cookbook reception

The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen (Jenny Zarins/PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

The Duchess of Sussex has been joined by her mother as she hosted an outdoor reception at Kensington Palace to mark the launch of a cookbook she has championed.

Meghan and Doria Ragland, who were joined by the Duke of Sussex, have not been seen in public together since the royal wedding on May 19 and looked relaxed in each other’s company.

Meghan was reunited with the Grenfell community group who provided the dishes for Together – a fundraising publication aimed at supporting the local kitchen where the cooks meet.

The idea for the book came from the duchess after she was told, during her first private trip to the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington, the facilities were only open two days a week because of a lack of funds.

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The women of the Hubb Community Kitchen showcased their own personal recipes featured in the cookbook, many of which have been handed down through generations.

Guests enjoyed the home-made dishes including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and a range of chapatis and sharing dips, as well as caramelised plum upside-down cake, and spiced mint tea.

The duchess will join the women as they cook the dishes and assist with the preparations, before the group and the duke and duchess sit to enjoy the freshly made food with their guests.

Guests will include members of the local community, representatives from Ebury Press – the publishers of the book – the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, where the cooks are based, and the Royal Foundation.