Meghan Markle Marks Grenfell's Third Anniversary Via Zoom With Community Members

Katie O'Malley
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From ELLE

Meghan Markle has spoken to members of the Hubb Community Kitchen on Grenfell’s third anniversary, describing them as an ‘inspiration’.

On Sunday, the Evening Standard released a video of the Duchess of Sussex speaking to a group of the charity's members via Zoom, during which she said that they were the ‘example of love in action’.

The kitchen was set up by survivors at Al Manaar mosque in the aftermath of the tragedy to provide refuge and hot meals for bereaved families in west London. A total of 72 people died in the early hours of June 14 2017 when a fire spread across the 24-storey flat building.

Months later, Meghan teamed up with the Kitchen to launch a cookbook, Together: Our Community Cookbook, to raise funds for the charity.

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Speaking about their work together, the duchess said: ‘I think back to when I met all of you and how you had all come together in the wake of what you experienced in your community.

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Referring to the Kitchen’s decisions to cook up to 300 meals a day, three days a week, for vulnerable members of the community during lockdown, the mother-of-one added: ‘And now what you have done is such an inspiration, you continue to give back, you continue to put love in action. And that’s really what Hubb is all about... we know it means love but you are the example of love in action, and that is your purpose.’

‘I’m so proud of you, so is Harry, and we are sending so much love to you from across the pond and thinking of you today, as I’m sure it’s a difficult day, but also one where you can look at how much you’ve accomplished in the past three years, and how you continue to give back and be an example for all of those around you.’

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Meghan’s video was among countless tributes for the Grenfell victims on Sunday including messages from Stormzy and Adele.

Adele, who has been involved with supporting the Grenfell community since 2017, commemorated the people who lost their lives and thanked Grenfell United campaigners who continue to call for justice, safer homes and change.

‘I want to send my love to all of you today,’ the 32-year-old said in a video shared on YouTube.

‘Even though it's so important for us to remember that night, it's also important for us to reflect on where we are now and celebrate the lives that were lived.’

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To mark the third anniversary of the fire, Londoners showed their remembrance and solidarity for the victims and community members by lighting up their homes and public buildings with a green light.

A public inquiry into the fire, which was halted in March due to the pandemic faced continued delays, is due to resume on July 6.

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