Later in the speech, Meghan raved over the new cookbook, telling the audience - which included her mother, Doria Ragland - that "the power of food is more than just the meal itself".

And on Thursday in London, England, Meghan did the honors of giving her first royal speech as the Duchess of Sussex.

The Duchess of Sussex has spoken of how important the multicultural Grenfell kitchen was in making her feel welcome in London, as she brought her mother Doria as the surprise guest at her book launch.

Meghan soon ditched that blue coat and picked up a spatula to help the authors prepare green rice.

After lending a hand in the cooking and preparation, Markle and her guests-among them members of the local community, the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Center and representatives from the publishers of the book, Ebury Press-dined together and tasted the homemade dishes featured in the cookbook, including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and caramelized plum upside-down cake. She wrote the foreword for the book.

She said: 'Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labour of love.

She paired a pleated, polyester skirt from Misha Nonoo with a sleeveless, turtleneck bodysuit from Tuxe, according to the style site Meghan's Mirror.

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Ms Ragland introduced herself to guests as "Meg's mom" when she arrived at the marquee with the duke and duchess, and said she was "head over heels" with pride.

Serena Williams, who has been friends with the former actress for years, praised Meghan's first solo project as a royal in a sweet Instagram post on Monday.

She continued: "Everyone embraced this so deeply because it's been a passion project for all of us, and for very good reason".

After encouraging her followers to "grab this book" because "it has wonderful recipes from all women, from all backgrounds coming together and just doing something and cooking".

Meghan spoke without notes - a rare thing for a Royal.

"We cook the recipes we've grown up with; there's no stress, and the recipes always work because they have been made so many times - it's proper comfort food".