She might be under as much pressure as ever, but the Duchess of Sussex is putting on a brave face and pushing forward with her work to help promote women.
This week she visited the Luminary Bakery, which employs women who have been victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence, at the opening of the social enterprise’s new location in Camden, north London.
The bakery got a plug from Meghan when she guest edited British Vogue this September, and the Duchess followed up to get her hands dirty — or at least messy — as she joined in a baking workshop at the newest Luminary.
She was gifted an apron and was delighted by a tiered cake that greeted her on her arrival.
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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
Some of the bakers shared stories of their struggles, including a woman named Tanya who had been stabbed by her ex-partner multiple times. Tanya might have alluded to the scars, both physical and psychological, that remain following her trauma, to which Meghan replied, “We get into this habit of wanting things done immediately nowadays. There’s a culture of instant gratification, of the instant fix.”
“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.”
Meghan was joined by The Daily Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon and she told the journalist, “I find that when you strip all the layers away, as people, and especially as women, we can find deep connection with each other, and a shared understanding.”
“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. And there’s comfort in that.”
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More special moments from The Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Luminary Bakery earlier this week! Please see our previous post for behind the scenes footage and visit @LuminaryBakery to enjoy their delicious baked goods and to see the impactful work they’re doing. 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. Photo © Telegraph
Meghan’s visit to the bakery also coincided with a strong show of support for the Duchess from members of British parliament. Labour MP Holly Lynch gathered the signatures of 72 women from both sides of politics in a letter expressing solidarity with Meghan.
“Although we find ourselves being women in public life in a very different way to you, we share an understanding of the abuse and intimidation which is now so often used as a means of disparaging women in public office from getting on with our very important work,” Lynch wrote.
Ladies in Public life, standing shoulder to shoulder to support one another – very powerful 👍🏻😊 https://t.co/wWUeSjx6Aq
— Angela Williams (@WYPAngelaWill) October 29, 2019
Meghan called the MP to personally thank her and the other women who signed the letter.