Royals Every Photo from Meghan Markle's First Royal Hosting Event — Featuring Prince Harry and Mom Doria Meghan Markle was accompanied by her husband and her mother at the Kensington Palace celebration to mark the publication of Together: Our Community Cookbook By Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit is a Royals Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2016 after graduating from The College of New Jersey and holding previous positions at Seventeen, CBS Radio and more. Follow the proud dog mom on Twitter at @stephpetit_ for the latest on Queen Elizabeth's corgis. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 20, 2018 11:22 AM Share Tweet Pin Email We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. 01 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Meghan Markle hosted her first palace lunch for a very important cause on Thursday as she launched a special cookbook she helped create — and she had husband Prince Harry and her mom, Doria Ragland, by her side for support. 02 of 24 Chris Ship/Twitter Doria was spotted catching a flight from LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Saturday, prompting speculation that Meghan would have a special guest at the event celebrating the publication of Together: Our Community Cookbook. 03 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Meghan continued her amazing style streak in a black top by Tuxe, a pleated black skirt by her designer pal Misha Nonoo and a bright blue coat by Smyth. 04 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Prince Harry was careful to follow several steps behind Meghan throughout the event, making small talk with guests and watching proudly as his wife took center stage. 05 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty One of the cooks promised to set food aside for the royal couple, with Meghan telling her: "Oh, thank you, I'll take that home and have it for dinner." 06 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty The trio, who at one point stood with their arms around one another in a line, made their way around four food stations, with the duchess standing behind a tabletop grill to help cook while her mother and husband watched on proudly. 07 of 24 Meghan Markle at her charity cookbook launch in 2018. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Meghan joined the women from the Hubb Community Kitchen and created a meal of coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and chapatis at the royal couple's Kensington Palace home. 08 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty As they made their way through tables of salad, chapatis and kofta kebabs, Doria asked the cooks about the ingredients, listening carefully to the herbs and spices they described. 09 of 24 Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of publisher Penguin Random House, told Doria she must feel "very proud" of the Duchess of Sussex and her work on the cookbook. "Head over heels," the proud mom replied. 10 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty At the first stop, Ahlam Saeid showed off an enormous bowl of green rice. "Oh I love that," said Doria. "That was the first thing I asked about [after learning of the cookbook]." Meghan laughed as she added fresh mint and olive oil to the dish. 11 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Dessert included caramelized plum upside-down cake and spiced mint tea. 12 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Meghan showed off her cooking skills, flipping chapatis confidently and turning koftas on the grill. 13 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Meghan wrote the foreword for the book, which features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in which more than 70 people died. 14 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty In the forward, Meghan said the Hubb (which means love in Arabic) "is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together. Melding cultural identities under a shared roof . . . creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy — in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy — something we can all relate to." 15 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Proceeds from the cookbook will help the kitchen to stay open, and enable it to widen its reach. 16 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Meghan shared a group hug with two of the women from the community kitchen, smiling as she embraced them together. 17 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty The Duchess of Sussex gave her first public speech as a member of the royal family at the end — and she didn't miss a beat, even without notes! Prince Harry and her mother proudly watched from the side while Meghan spoke for three minutes about how the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen welcomed her shortly after her move to London. 18 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty "I said in the foreword that this is more than a cookbook, and what I mean by that is the power of food is more than just the meal itself. It's the story behind it. When we get to know the story of the recipe, you get to know the person behind it," Meghan said. "That's what we're talking about in terms of coming together to really engage and talk and to be able to celebrate what connects us rather than what divides us. That, I believe, is the ethos of Together." 19 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty At one point during the speech, Prince Harry and Ragland exchanged a smile, clearly proud of Meghan's work. 20 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Of course, no event is complete without a group photo! 21 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Harry, Meghan and Doria posed for a group photo with the women and their children before staying to chat. 22 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Doria then embraced each of the women with a warm hug, telling them, "It's amazing. I'm just as excited as you are." 23 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Speaking of her daughter's experience at the kitchen, Doria said, "She felt very much at home. I'm so glad I can put the face with the recipes. I'm going to tell everyone, I met her [each of the cooks]! I'm going to make everything, I'm serious." 24 of 24 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Meghan also shared a smile with a young girl at the event.