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Meghan Markle's Mother, Doria Ragland, Just Said the Sweetest Things About Her Daughter at Her Cookbook Launch

Ragland introduced herself by saying "hi, I'm Meg's mom."
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Doria Ragland is doing what many a proud mother has done before her and supporting her daughter in one of her first solo initiatives as a full-time royal. (Okay, the "full-time royal" thing may be a little different.)

Oh and Prince Harry was there too.

Today is the official launch of the Duchess of Sussex's project to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, a cookbook called Together that is being sold to raise money for the Hubb Community Kitchen, a drop-in kitchen at the Al Manaar Centre in West London where Grenfell Tower families could prepare fresh food for themselves.

Meghan not only worked with the women of the kitchen in this creating this book, but she also wrote a foreword to it. The event today is at Kensington Palace, and Meghan is playing the role of host as well as author, greeting women from the Hubb Community Kitchen who have come to cook from the recipes they included.

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Ragland was by the Duchess's side as she said hello to the women and introduced herself, adorably, by said "Hi, I'm Meg's Mom," according to several royal correspondents who were there. When the chair of the book's publisher, Penguin Random house, told Ragland she must be very proud, Ragland responded "Head over heels."

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As Hannah Furness, royal correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, pointed out, Ragland's presence was a clear indicator of where Meghan gets her warm, natural approach to meeting with people. Despite the often stiff and formal circumstances of a royal meet and greet—and this one is on the grounds of a palace no less—both Meghan and Doria were warm and effusive.

"She felt very much at home," Ragland said of Meghan's experience cooking with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. It was also obvious that Meghan had told her mother a lot about her experiences preparing food with the women. "I'm so glad I can put the face with the recipes," said Ragland, according to Furness. "I'm going to tell everyone, I met with her. I'm going to make everything I'm serious."

And perhaps most movingly, Ragland noted "the power of women" when she spoke about the book: "We make things happen. We're curious, we say yes, we show up. I'm inspired."

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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