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Meghan Markle hailed the women behind a community kitchen close to Grenfell Tower as “such an inspiration” in a touching message on Sunday. The Duchess said she is “so proud” of their work on the third anniversary of the tragedy.

Speaking in a recent audio message, Meghan told volunteers at the Hubb Community Kitchen that they “are the example of love in action”.

The kitchen, long-supported by the Sussexes, was set up by survivors at Al Manaar mosque in the aftermath of the fire.

The kitchen was set up to provide refuge and hot meals for bereaved families in west London and is still going today.

A total of 72 people lost their lives when flames tore through the 24-storey flat block in the early hours of June 14, 2017.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has paid tribute to those doing charity work on the three year annive (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle hailed the women behind a community kitchen close to Grenfell Tower as ‘such an inspiration’ (Image: GETTY)

The tragic fire was fuelled by flammable cladding that lined Grenfell.

Meghan has made a series of visits to Hubb since the fire, and held a Zoom call with the women involved in April.

The call was to discuss their plans to cook between 250 and 300 meals a day, three days a week, for vulnerable locals during lockdown.

“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,” the duchess told them on the third anniversary of the fire.

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The former Duchess said she is ‘so proud’ of their work on the third anniversary of the tragedy (Image: GETTY)

“And now what you have done is such an inspiration, you continue to give back, you continue to 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.”

She continued: “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 told volunteers at the Hubb Community Kitchen that they ‘are the example of love in action’ (Image: GETTY)

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The kitchen, long-supported by the Sussexes, was set up by survivors at Al Manaar mosque in the aftermath of the fire (Image: GETTY)

The Duchess also teamed up with the Hubb Community Kitchen to create her Together cookbook, which by last summer had raised more than £550,000 for the charity after selling 130,000 copies.

The book features 50 recipes from the women.

The goal was to raise £250,000 but accounts from The Royal Foundation showed the target was smashed.

In a day of tributes for the Grenfell victims, a virtual vigil was hosted by the Bishop of Kensington tonight due to the ongoing ban on mass gatherings.

Royal Family tree

Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

Survivors and families of the victims have pleaded with the public not to forget about the fire, which has been labelled the worst domestic blaze since World War Two.

Nicholas Burton, 52, was rescued from this 19th-floor flat on the night of the inferno, along with his wife, Pily, who died of a stroke seven months after the fire.

“It is important the fire and those who lost their lives are never forgotten. Every day is a Grenfell day to me.

“There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about that night,” he told the Evening Standard.

Meghan and Harry

Meghan has made a series of visits to Hubb since the fire, and held a Zoom call with the women involved in Apri (Image: GETTY)

Boris Johnson said that the country is still coming to terms with the tragedy.

“We can all remember where we were three years ago today when we saw this tragedy unfolding on our screens and across the London skyline,” he said on the third anniversary.

He added: “As a nation, we are still dealing with the consequences of what happened and working to make sure it never happens again.

“While those affected by Grenfell are not able to gather in person, all of us in this country are with you in spirit.”



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