The Duchess wore Club Monaco for today’s visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen.
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how the funds raised by Together: Our Community Cookbook are making a difference. pic.twitter.com/lzNRrG0UNb
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) November 21, 2018
Meghan was visiting the kitchen to get an update on how funds raised through the sale of Together: Our Community Cookbook are being used. More than 40,000 copies of the book have been sold.
That is £210,000 (roughly $270,000 at today’s exchange rates).
You’ll remember that Meghan helped put the cookbook project together, and she wrote the foreword to the book. The cookbook features recipes from the Hubb Community Kitchen, started by women displaced following the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, which killed 72 people.
ITV’s Chris Ship posted a video of the Duchess arriving in the kitchen.
Remember that cookbook, Together that Meghan launched with the women of #Hubbcommunitykitchen near Grenfell Tower? Today the Duchess is back. With the women who have had their kitchens at the mosque refurbished pic.twitter.com/N2v122k3on
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) November 21, 2018
Some of the money is being used to keep the kitchen open up to seven days a week. Originally there was only enough funding to keep it open two days a week.
The Duchess helped out in the kitchen during her visit.
Meghan introduced her friend (and Michelin starred chef) Clare Smyth to the women as everyone was preparing 300 meals. The meals are going to local homeless shelters, care homes, and women’s refuges.
Simon Perry of People shared a video with Meghan and some of the women working on the meals.
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) November 21, 2018
One way the money was invested was obvious: the kitchen has been renovated. It was completely redesigned, with input from the women from the Hubb. Here are “before” and “after shots,” allowing us to really see the difference.
Here’s another view of the work done by Ledbury Construction.
Money raised by cookbook sales has also been used for educational purposes; some of the women have been receiving training in things like food hygiene qualification.
Today Meghan also heard more about the long-term vision the women have for the Hubb, including ways they would like to use funds to do more outreach in the community.
Kensington Palace reports the women told Meghan some of the money will go to “a project delivering nutritious meals for women in Maternity wards, and a group offering a safe space for women affected by domestic violence.”
Omid Scobie posted a video of Meghan as she was leaving.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) November 21, 2018
The coat is made in a wool blend and features notch lapels, a single vent on the back for ease of movement, and welt pockets at the hip. It looks like it is sold out online, which is apparently the only place it was available. Our thanks to Laura for her ID of Meghan’s coat.
Meghan also wore a Club Monaco dress, the Sallyet style. The dress is polyester with a straight fit, double-button cuffs, fabric-covered buttons, and a concealed back zipper. It also has a velvet point collar. The dress is priced at $228, but Club Monaco has started its Black Friday sale already. Purchases totaling more than $150 are discounted 25% with promo code CMBLACKFRIDAY18; that brings the price down to about $170.
We saw a new pair of boots this morning, the Givenchy Heeled Ankle Boot.
The boot is a slip-on style made of goatskin; it has a point toe design and a 3.5″ heel. We show it at multi-brand retailer Italist where the boot is on sale: originally $815, it is discounted to $698 and available in a mix of sizes. The style is also available at Givenchy, where the price is $995. Our thanks to Heaven for her ID on Meghan’s dress and the Givenchy boots!
We mistakenly said the ring was the Jamie Love Ring by Meredith Hahn.
UPDATE: I initially thought Meghan was wearing her Birks Gold Bar earrings again, but no longer believe that to be the case. The pair worn today is shorter in length than the Birks. We have not yet identified them.
On a related note, the Duchess of Cambridge also had an engagement today.
She also wore burgundy/berry. There’s been chatter about this online, debate about whether or not it was planned. I believe it was. Both women are sure to have heard about or read the stories in the tabloids about their hypothetical arguments, the fights they are allegedly having, all manner of things. Both are well aware of the unspoken messages their wardrobes send, and both are savvy enough to connect and say, “Hey, next time we have engagements on the same day, do you want to wear the same color or do something else to send a message?” Call me crazy, but I don’t believe it is coincidental they both wore berry/maroon clothing, both wore black tights and both wore ponytails on the first day in quite a while when they both had engagements.
If so inclined, you can read about Kate’s outfit at our sister site, What Kate Wore.
For everyone celebrating the holiday tomorrow, both Susans send lots of good thoughts and wishes for a very happy, safe and peaceful Thanksgiving! We’ll see you Friday when we continue the WKW tradition of a Black Friday/Cyber Monday post updating all of the sales and savings opportunities available over the weekend.
We also wanted to remind you about the ABC News special, “Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries” airs on ABC tomorrow night (Thanksgiving) at 9pm EST.
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