Royal tour: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry highlight ‘importance of cooking’ while tasting local cuisine in Cape Town

Cooking is a topic ‘the duchess feels strongly about’, Instagram post states

Sabrina Barr@fabsab5
Tuesday 24 September 2019 08:01

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have emphasised the “importance of cooking” while on their royal tour of southern Africa.

During the second half of their first day abroad, the royal couple visited the District Six Museum and the Homecoming Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

The museum – a post shared on the duke and duchess’ Instagram account explained – is helping to rebuild the local community in Cape Town, after “much of this diverse community was destroyed” and many of its inhabitants were “subjected to forced relocation during the apartheid era”.

While at the museum’s Homecoming Centre, Meghan and Prince Harry were served regional dishes by some of the community’s residents.

“The duke and duchess were treated to food cooked by local women that showcased the wonderful variety of recipes – and the importance of cooking to bring communities together – a topic the duchess feels strongly about,” the royal couple’s Instagram caption read.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex try local food at the Homecoming Centre

The caption also referenced Together: Our Community Cookbook, the charity cookbook which Meghan helped to create last year in collaboration with women who work in the Hubb Community Kitchen in west London, in support of the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

“Their royal highness have had an amazing first day in South Africa and are incredibly grateful for the wonderful welcome they have received,” the Instagram post concluded.

The royal couple visited the District Six Museum in Cape Town on the first day of their royal tour

On the first day of Meghan and Prince Harry’s royal tour, the duchess delivered a powerful speech about female empowerment, in which she spoke about being a “woman of colour”.

The duchess gave her speech while visiting the Mbokodo Girls’ Empowerment Program, which provides self-defence and empowerment training to girls who have experienced major trauma.

“May I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister,” Meghan said, a statement which prompted cheers from the crowd.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women,” she added.

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