A bakery championed by the Duchess of Sussex has shared an unseen throwback snap of the royal donning an apron during a visit to its ktichen as it launches a bake along and raffle to mark her birthday.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, made several visits to the Luminary Bakery while living in the UK, and promoted their work in her September issue of Vogue last year.
The snap, which was shared by the organisation today, shows the Duchess smiling at a volunteer while accepting an apron to wear at the officially opening of the second bakery in Camden last year.
Posting the picture on Instagram, Luminary Bakery wrote they were partnering with Camfed to mark the Duchess’ birthday, saying: ‘To celebrate, one of our Luminary grads, Monica who is based in London, will be joining Tisiyenji, in Zambia from to bake cakes “together” from across the globe to honour The Duchess of Sussex’s birthday & celebrate ALL women with through their beautiful bakes.’
The cake baked by Monica is now being raffled off, with the organisation asking royal fans for donations of £10 to be entered into the draw.
They explained: ‘Today, we’re partnering with @Camfed to celebrate #WomenEmpoweringWomen and say a Happy Birthday Meghan, who has championed the work of both our organisations!
They went on: ‘This picture is of Monica meeting Meghan when she came to help us officially open our second bakery in Camden last year.
‘Monica enthusiastically lent her the apron she was wearing, which is true to Monica’s generous spirit!’
In the snap, Meghan can be seen wearing her relaxed £80 With Nothing Underneath shirt tucked into a pair of dark jeans.
The unseen snap of the Duchess of Sussex, 39, visiting the Luminary Bakery in London was shared today as the royal celebrates her birthday in Los Angeles
The two charities featured are all close to the Duchess’ heart, and she has made her support clear by visiting them during her time as a working royal.
The Luminary Bakery in East London provides employment and support for women who are trying to escape poverty, homelessness and violence.
The Duchess visited the organisation last December, and used her @SussexRoyal Instagram page to shine a spotlight on their work.
The post accompanying the snaps contained a personal account from Meghan of her visits to the organisation.
Snaps from the visit to the official opening of the Camden bakery were shared last November, with the Duchess promoting the organisation as ‘exceptional’
‘What they’ve created at Luminary Bakery is exceptional – it’s a space for baking, healing and rebuilding,’ she said.
‘When I visited the women earlier this year I was struck by how the baking, itself, is a means of therapy for these women – which in many ways makes complete sense – feeling they had no control over their lives based on their previous (and often harrowing) circumstances, they found comfort in the measured nature of baking.’
The bakery’s cakes begin at £45 and include flavours such as lemon and blueberry, chocolate and salted caramel.
It was among a number of favourite causes, people and tips highlighted by the Duchess in her Vogue issue.
The Duchess has keenly championed the organisation throughout her time in the royal family, promoting their efforts on Instagram and
And in March last year, Meghan joined a panel alongside Angie Murimirwa, executive director of Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) on International Women’s Day in London.
The post comes as the Duchess marks her 39th birthday today in Los Angeles with Prince Harry, 35, and baby Archie.
Birthday celebrations are likely to be low-key as the state of California they now call home reportedly has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the US.
Birthday celebrations for Meghan, who is currently living in Los Angeles with Prince Harry and their son Archie, will likely be low-key due to state restrictions in California
Meanwhile the Royal Family continues to reel from the bombshell claims made in the Sussexes’ biography Finding Freedom, released next week, which lays bare a rift between the couple and senior members of The Firm.
The book, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durant, claims relations between the Sussexes and the Cambridges grew so bitter that by March, when Harry and Meghan officially hung up their HRH titles, the couples were barely speaking. It is also said the Queen was ‘blindsided’ by Harry and Meghan’s ‘Megxit’ announcement.
There are fears the book’s publication could spark a fresh rift within the Firm.