Duchess Meghan’s first Thanksgiving as a royal may include the perfect turkey with a side of gratitude

By Meaghan Wray

While Duchess Meghan has quickly made London her new home, there’s no doubt that she still holds America close to her heart, along with homegrown traditions like Thanksgiving (Nov. 22). Given her passion for cooking – and the fact that she and Prince Harry have nothing on their schedule today! – we wouldn’t be surprised if the foodie is whipping up one of her delectable turkeys right about now and giving thanks for their beautiful new life together.

And anyone who gets to eat the duchess’s turkey is very lucky indeed. In this amazing throwback photo from her now-defunct Instagram in 2016, Meghan showed off her expert barbecue skills as she posed with a perfectly brined and browned bird. “Oh, that time I roasted a pretty perfect Thanksgiving turkey!” she captioned the photo. “The question is, can I do it again? The pressure is on!”

Meghan cooked her own turkey one year! Photo: © Instagram/@meghanmarkle

But for the 37-year-old, the holiday isn’t just about the food, and she’s proven time and again that she doesn’t stray from her values. On her now-defunct blog The Tig, the former Suits star showed her heart of gold as she recounted the ways she and her parents would give back on Thanksgiving.

“Both my parents came from little,” she wrote, “so they made a choice to give a lot – buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to patients in hospice care, donating any spare change in their pocket to those asking for it, and performing quiet acts of grace.”

Meghan and Doria have a very close bond. Photo: © Getty Images

Thanksgiving has always been an important day for Meghan and her mom, Doria Ragland. So important, in fact, that the duchess was able to squeeze in a whirlwind visit to Los Angeles to spend the cherished day with her mother last year. They probably had a lot to talk about, too – just four days later, Meghan and Harry stepped out at Kensington Palace to announce their engagement! Though this year could mark a rare occasion when the mother-daughter duo spend Thanksgiving apart, Meghan won’t have to wait long to see Doria, who was reportedly invited by the Queen to spend Christmas at Sandringham.

Spending time together as families or communities with great food and shared gratitude is one of the cornerstones of the Duchess of Sussex’s first solo project, Together: Our Community Cookbook . In the foreword, Meghan writes, “From a Thanksgiving supper to a Shabbat dinner or a Sunday roast, the meals that bring us together are the meals that allow us to grow, to listen, to engage, and to be present. We invite you to do the same, together, in your home, communities, and beyond."

The duchess prepared food with the women of Hubb Community Kitchen. Photo: © Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Suits alum wore her heart on her sleeve when she reunited with the women at the Hubb Community Kitchen, all of whom were affected by the Grenfell Tower fires last summer. Showing her close bond with the cookbook’s many contributors, Meghan greeted Zaheera Sufyaan with a warm hug and smile before rolling up her sleeves to help out in the kitchen. The mom-to-be lent a hand portioning out some of the 200 meals that the group was making that day to deliver to elderly homes, refugees and homeless shelters.

It goes without saying that these values and traditions, stemming from both Prince Harry and Meghan’s unique backgrounds, will be passed down to Baby Sussex, who will be joining the royal fold in the spring. It’s a special day for Meghan, made even more special as she finds ways of incorporating it into her new and growing family.

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