Princess Eugenie took inspiration from Meghan Markle’s book this weekend by donning an apron and rolling up her sleeves to join a community kitchen.
The mother-of-two, 33, teamed up with her Anti-Slavery Collective colleague Julia de Boinville at the Bramber Bakehouse in East Sussex this weekend, in her role with the charity which aims to bring end to modern slavery.
In a photo shared on the Anti-Slavery Collective Instagram page, the co-hosts of the Floodlight podcast wear brown aprons with Bramber Bakehouse branding, during a visit reminiscent of the Duchess of Sussex’s involvement in a kitchen community in Grenfell in 2018.
The Duchess, 42, became involved with the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington a year after the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire which claimed 72 lives.
As Princess Eugenie returns to her charity work after a few months of maternity leave after giving birth to her second son Ernest, she opened up about marrying her cousin and her involvement with Bramber Bakehouse.
Princess Eugenie and her Floodlights podcast co-host Julia de Boinville visited a cookery school in East Sussex
The daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson announced her return to work last week as she and Julia took to the Anti-Slavery Collective Instagram account ahead of the release of the second series of their podcast.
In a photo shared during their visit to Bramber Bakehouse, the Anti-Slavery Collective explained that the cooking school supports survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.
The photo’s caption explained: “The program is designed to give women the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a positive future.”
In particular, the Bakehouse supports women using its services by providing therapeutic baking sessions, providing sessions with trauma informed experts to focus on women’s wellbeing and teaching them transferable skills which will help them to rebuild their lives.
Eugenie’s visit to cookery school highlights Meghan Markle’s charity work with the Hubb Community Kitchen in Grenfell
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex teamed up with the Hubb Community Kitchen in 2018, it marked the start of a long-standing relationship between the couple and the initiative to support families affected by the Hubb fire. Grenfell Tower.
Meghan, who was praised at the time for rolling up her sleeves and dedicating herself to preparing meals in the kitchen, also contributed recipes to a cookbook, Together, which was her first solo venture as a member of the British royal family.
Over the years, the Sussexes’ relationship with cooking has remained close, with Meghan checking in frequently despite now living thousands of miles away in Montecito, California.
In June 2022, Hubb Community Kitchen posted an update on Facebook to confirm that Meghan was still in contact with the Grenfell community.
Volunteer kitchen staff explained how the Duchess of Sussex had been in touch to ask about their wellbeing and share news of her own children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.
They wrote: “Today is a day to look back, remember and reflect. I just found this photo of us all on the day our cookbook came out.
“The Duchess had wrapped a book for each of us and wrote a lovely message to each lady on the first page.”
The comment continues: “Always very thoughtful, we received a lovely voicemail from the Duchess today, on the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy, asking how we are, about our children and our families and giving us news of him. Just being his beautiful and kind person.
Meghan’s contribution to charity through cooking led her to contribute to another cookbook this year, Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope from World Central Kitchen.
The book’s recipes were put together by Spanish-born chef José Andrés and feature guest appearances from famous faces, including the Duchess, as well as former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
In a promotional video for the book, released today in the United States and priced at $35, Andrés tests some of the recipes, including Meghan’s cake.
As he holds up a plate with a slice of soft dessert and pops a forkful of it into his mouth, he doesn’t say much to examine the cake – but his very satisfied facial expression suggests it’s a triumph.
As he introduces the recipe in the promotional video, Chef José says: “This is from Meghan. This incredible lemon pound cake.
He then eats a bite of the cake, dusted with icing sugar and garnished with rosemary and what appears to be candied lemon zest, and nods as he tastes a bite of the dessert. He adds, “Oh, yeah.”
He then shows the cake, suggesting that it’s something everyone should try.