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Meghan Markle slammed as attention-seeking over Grenfell call
October 29, 2021
Meghan Markle is under fire after reaching out to cooks who set up a kitchen in the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower blaze.
She spoke to Londoners in a call on Wednesday, but her detractors slammed her for continuing to use her royal title – Duchess of Sussex – despite leaving her royal duties in the UK.
The duchess chatted to the women who created the Hubb community kitchen in west London, after the inferno hit Kensington in 2017, killing 72 people.
Speaking from her home in sunny California, she addressed a group who were gathered for a celebratory lunch at the Al-Manaar centre in north Kensington.
“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," she said.
“If you go back to where it all began you just didn’t have a place to cook and people forget that’s what it came down to, needing the resources to do what you do so well, as we all know because we can taste it.
“But also to do it together and how…the cookbook ended up having the impact we wanted because it raised enough to get you all the help in the kitchen you needed.”
However, the 40-year-old former actress’ phone call rubbed some people the wrong way as they took issue with her reaching out to Londoners as the Duchess of Sussex after leaving the UK with Prince Harry for a new life in the US.
A person wrote on Twitter: "How she wants attention. Sad sad sad… I reckon is fair to say British People don't want her to have the title, good luck to you in US."
Another user tweeted: "Now then, remember, she addresses herself as The Duchess of Sussex!"
"If she had any decency she would stop using the title, but it’s the only thing she has to make her some $$$,” a person on Twitter wrote.
Prince Harry and the Duchess have ceased to use their HRH styles following their highly-debated “Megxit” move.
However, the parents-of-two are still known to the public as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Despite some backlash on social media, Meghan, who wrote the foreword for the Hubb’s community kitchen’s cookbook published in 2018 entitled “Together: Our Community Cookbook”, the Duchess did receive a lot of online support.
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Many people appreciated Meghan’s work, including her role in creating the cookbook, which raised funds for the renovation of the kitchen that provided meals for homeless and low-income local people.
A person tweeted: “Meghan just yesterday called the group of Hubb Community Kitchen in London to praise their “incredible” achievements since first collaborating in 2018.
“This makes me so happy, because Meghan constantly.”
Another wrote: “What a heartfelt speech, no script, no prompter, just Meghan speaking from the heart to the women of the Hubb kitchen and some of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire on her first solo project since becoming a member of the Royal family in 2018.”