Meghan Markle Exchanges Cookbooks with Chef in Morocco – See Her Sweet Handwritten Message!
The couple sampled a variety of dishes while watching a cooking demonstration
Meghan Markle may have some new recipe ideas after her latest tour visit.
The royal mom-to-be and Prince Harry continued their royal tour of Morocco on Monday by visiting a cooking school in Rabat, where they watched a demonstration of children from under-privileged backgrounds learn traditional Moroccan recipes from one of the country’s top chefs, Moha Fedal.
The couple sampled a variety of dishes, including traditional pancakes.
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Meghan, wearing a striped shirt over her growing baby bump, also received a copy of Chef Moha’s cookbook – and in exchange gave himTogether: Our Community Cookbook with a personal note in her gorgeous handwriting.
“Chef Mohar. Wishing you continued success and congratulating you on your incredible work in engaging the community in cooking,” she wrote. “All the best, Meghan.”
In her first major role as a royal, Meghan used her cooking skills to help survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London by encouraging their community kitchen to release a cookbook of their recipes, for which she wrote the foreword. The cookbook sold more than 40,000 copies in the U.K. and raised $270,000 in the first seven weeks it was on sale, in addition to tens of thousands more copies in international sales. As a result, the community kitchen was completely redesigned and re-fitted and is able to be open seven days a week instead of two.
Chef Moha also told the couple he would like to cook for them if they return to Morocco – and Meghan gestured to her baby bump and replied, “The whole family next time.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also heard about youth empowerment in Morocco from a number of young social entrepreneurs at a market. They saw traditional Moroccan arts and crafts on display in the walled public garden amid exotic plants, flowers and fruit trees.
The couple had just come from the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports, where they learned about the country’s developing program of supporting children with special needs through animal therapy.
Louis Broski, the founder of of the Centre Social Kariat, set up the program about 16 years ago to carry out physical therapy for handicapped children.
“They were very gentle,” Broski says of the royal couple. “Meghan was very gentle towards our children. And Harry was interested in what we are doing.”