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Duchess of Sussex’s cookbook makes over half a million pounds for Grenfell survivors

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The “Together” cookbook, an initiative of the Duchess of Sussex, has sold 130,000 copies worldwide (as of March 2019), making £557,638 for the Grenfell survivors.

It was hoped, at the time of the cookbook’s release, that it would sell at least 50,000 copies making roughly over a quarter of a million pounds for the Hubb Community Kitchen. Instead, the book sold over twice that number and made over half a million pounds.

LONDON, ENGLAND - (NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NO SALES. NOT FOR USE AFTER SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM KENSINGTON PALACE. Copyright in the photograph is vested in Jenny Zarins Ltd. Publications are asked to credit the photographs to Jenny Zarins. No charge should be made for the supply, release or publication of the photograph. The photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified in any manner or form). This undated handout image released by Kensington Palace on September 17, 2018 shows, The cover of Together: Our Community Cookbook (Ebury Press, £9.99, hardback).

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The Royal Foundation will hold the funds to reinvest in the kitchen. The women who worked on ‘Together’ have gained 23 qualifications, as well.

‘Together: Out Community Cookbook’ showcases over 50 recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, which took place on 14 June 2017.

It was supported by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and contributed £232,551 to assist the people of the Hubb Community Kitchen housed in the Al Manaar mosque. This excluding an additional £28,520 that was used to help with training and development schemes.

Regarding this, the annual financial report by the foundation says, “In her first programme with The Royal Foundation, The Duchess of Sussex worked closely with the women she’d met at the Hubb Community Kitchen.

“As she established her new home in London, Her Royal Highness saw the power and vibrancy of this community and suggested they create a cookbook together to raise money.

“The proceeds have already provided funding to renovate the kitchen and enable it to open throughout the week.”

They continued, “By March 2019, 130,000 copies of the Together Cookbook had been sold worldwide.

“The women have been working with the social enterprise charity, UnLtd to develop their own plans and ideas to support others in the wider community.”

The Duchess of Sussex chose the cookbook as her first solo charity project and wrote the forward to the highly popular book.

The Grenfell Tower – a 24-storey building housing flats – caught fire on 14 June 2017 and was ablaze for 72 hours. The West London fire killed 72 people and injured over 70 more.



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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.