Meghan Markle is proving herself to be the least-phony royal of all time.
Sunday, June 14 marked the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fires, a horrific event in London in which a fire broke out in a 24-story housing complex building, killing 72 people and injuring 74 others. The fire spread so quickly due to flammable cladding that lined the building and sparked debates about budget cuts to social services, building management, and the fire department, which all might have stopped the Tower fire, which was the worst fire in London since WWII, from being such a massive tragedy. Since then, the Royal family has supported several charitable efforts to help the victims and survivors of those fires, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might have done the most of them all.
This year, Meghan Markle honored that day by speaking to the volunteers at Hubb Community Kitchen, a community, volunteer-run kitchen founded at the Al Manaar mosque in the wake of the fires by survivors of it. As part of their service to the public, royals take on charitable engagements, and Markle’s first such action as a royal, way back when, was to support the Hubb Kitchen by creating the cookbook Together, which featured recipes from the Hubb Community Kitchen cooks and volunteers and raised 550,000 pounds for the charity and sold nearly 130,000 copies.
She left a message for the volunteers reiterating her pride in her work for the charity as well as her overall support for the women who are keeping the kitchen going during COVID conditions, delivering between 250 to 300 meals a day, three days a week, to members of the community who are vulnerable and perhaps can’t leave their homes during lockdown. Due to social distancing guidelines, many of these women haven’t been able to work in the community kitchen and have instead been cooking meals out of their own homes, an awesome sacrifice for those in need.
“What you have done is such an inspiration, you continue to give back. You continue to put love in action. And that’s really what Hubb is all about… we know it means love, but you are the example of love in action, and that is your purpose. I’m so proud of you, so is Harry, and we are sending so much love to you from across the pond and thinking of you today, as I’m sure it’s difficult… But also one where you can think about how much you’ve accomplished in the past three years, and how you continue to give back and be an example for all of those around you.”