Earlier this week, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, paid an unexpected visit to a women’s organization dedicated to helping women overcome poverty, homelessness, violence and/or criminal activity to show her support.
Markle visited the new location of the Luminary Bakery in East London for their grand opening. The bakery is a business that helps women from vulnerable circumstances. The organization specializes in providing these women with new opportunities, job skills and confidence to succeed, according to PEOPLE.
Markle has publicly shared her love for cooking, so it came as no surprise to see the royal with an apron on while at the bakery. She helped bake treats, including a three-tiered cake with strawberries, and also made the honorary first cut of the cake to toast the event.
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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex visited the women of @LuminaryBakery as they celebrated the opening of their new location. It was a special moment to acknowledge the spirit of Luminary and their remarkable business model that opens its arms to women from vulnerable circumstances (be it abuse, poverty, trafficking, marginalisation) and equips them with the job skills and confidence to succeed. Having sat down with @luminarybakery at their flagship location earlier this year and from that inspiring visit choosing to feature them as #ForcesForChange in the September issue of @britishvogue, Her Royal Highness was proud to be invited to attend the launch of their second bakery. This addition will enable the organisation to provide services, support and mentoring for four times the number of women. Luminary Bakery – a sustainable grassroots organisation in the heart of London – is a beautiful example of community and uplifting those during hardship for the greater good. If you find yourself in the area, please visit and support the women of @LuminaryBakery to enjoy their delicious baked goods and to see the impactful work they’re doing. Video © SussexRoyal
The new mom also took this time to workshop with the women that were present. She reminded the women that great things do take time. While speaking to a domestic violence victim, Tanya, that was stabbed multiple times by her violent ex-partner, she said, “But we aren’t mechanical objects that need to be fixed. You’re a wounded creature that needs to be healed and that takes time.”
“I find that when you strip all the layers away, as people, and especially as women, we can find a deep connection with each other, and a shared understanding,” Meghan told Bryony Gordon, of The Telegraph.
“Our lives may be different, our backgrounds, our experiences, all varied, but I find that in these moments of connection it becomes abundantly clear that our hopes, our fears, our insecurities, the things that make us tick…. well, those are very much the same,” she added. “And there’s comfort in that.”
The bakery was founded in 2014 by Alice Williams, Sarah Harrison and Abigail Mifsud. Their goal was to empower women who have been the victims of violence, sex trafficking, been in the prison system or homeless, by teaching them how to bake. The bakery also offers education on food hygiene, money management, and computer literacy, allowing many of the women to work at the bakery when they complete the program. To date, the bakery has served over 50 women.