Meghan Markle praised the ‘incredible achievements’ of Grenfell women as she enjoyed a call from her Santa Barbara home, valued at $14 million.

The 40-year-old Duchess of Sussex gave birth to Lilibet in June. She spoke to the people who established the Hubb community kitchen in west London after the Grenfell fire.

Long-supported by the Sussexes, the initiative was set up to provide support and hot meals for bereaved families following the Grenfell blaze, which killed 72 people on June 14, 2017. 

Calling from her California mansion, which she shares with her daughter, son Archie, two, and her husband Prince Harry, Meghan said she was ‘most proud’ of the women for continuing ‘to take care of everyone in the community’.

Meghan, who regularly checks in with the community endeavor, developed a close connection with the Hubb community cooking after the publication of Together 2018, her first solo venture as a royal.

Meghan Markle (pictured) has praised the 'incredible' achievements of the women behind a Grenfell community kitchen as she enjoyed a phone call with them from her $14million Santa Barbara home

Meghan Markle (pictured) praised the incredible’ achievements by the women behind Grenfell’s community kitchen while she enjoyed a phone conversation with them from her Santa Barbara home of $14 million

The people behind this initiative met for a celebratory meal at the Al-Manaar center in north Kensington.

In her call, Meghan said: ‘We founded Hubb together and I think what I’m most proud of is what you’ve all been able to do, not just what we created to meet an immediate need right after the fire.

The duchess, who has previously visited the community kitchen, added: ‘… Beyond that, what you turned it into as a group and individually is incredible, you’ve just continued to take care of everyone in the community.’

One of the Hubb volunteers, Chérine Mallah, told the publication that it was ‘lovely’ for Meghan to praise their work and that they were ‘really happy’ to get the call from her.

The Duchess of Sussex (pictured in November, 2018), 40, who gave birth to her daughter Lilibet in June, chatted to those who created the Hubb community kitchen in west London following the Grenfell fire

The Duchess Sussex (pictured in November 2018), 40, who gave rise to Lilibet in May, chatted with the people who established the Hubb community cooking kitchen in west London after the Grenfell fire.

‘It is massive for us. The next days of our lives will be the same, but we know Meghan is backing us. It is really lovely,’ said Chérine.

Meghan joined a call in April 2020 with several members of this group to discuss how their work could be improved during lockdowns. 

Grenfell survivors of Al Manaar mosque set the kitchen up following the blaze at the 24-storey flat that turned into the worst domestic fire since World War II.

Meanwhile, yesterday Meghan cut a chic figure in a blue shirt and jeans as she appeared on a children’s YouTube channel to read her book The Bench.

The Duchess of Sussex swept her hair into a slick bun and heaped on the jewellery for the the video, in which she could be seen reclining on a seat in the garden of her $14million mansion in Santa Barbara. 

The video was shared on Brightly Storytime’s channel, which is managed by Penguin Random House. Penguin Random House is the publishing house that published The Bench and with whom Prince Harry also has a deal for a book.  

She explained that she was beginning to read before she started.

Yesterday, Meghan cut a chic figure in a blue shirt and jeans as she appeared on a children's YouTube channel to read her book The Bench

Yesterday, Meghan wore a blue shirt and jeans to look chic as she appeared on a YouTube channel for children to read her book The Bench.

“I wrote this poem as a gift for my husband and Archie, and then made it into a book so that you could also enjoy it.”

The Duchess can also be seen closing the book at the end of the clip. She says: “I hope you enjoyed The Bench. I loved being in a position to share it with You. 

“And now I hope that you’re able find your special bench, chair or quiet nook. 

“Just a space that means something to me that you can share with someone I love. Brightly Storytime wishes you a wonderful day. Goodbye!  

The Bench was inspired by a poem the Duchess of Sussex wrote for Prince Harry on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born, and explores the ‘special bond between father and son’ as ‘seen through a mother’s eyes’.