Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry highlight London Bakery’s work with special message for fans

By Zach Harper

Sometimes, we have a bad day where nothing we do goes right, or bad things happen that are beyond our control and that make us feel rotten. It’s easy to start beating ourselves up or blame ourselves. But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have posted a gentle message to their followers to remind them that no matter what, we’re all worthy and it’s important to take care of ourselves.

On Aug. 22, the couple posted a series of photos on their Instagram from Duchess Meghan’s visit to London’s Luminary Bakery earlier this year. One picture features a series of cupcakes with kind messages on them such as “You are worthy,” “You matter,” “You are so loved” and “Be kind to yourself.”

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Spotlight on: Luminary Bakery Today we shine a spotlight on @LuminaryBakery and the amazing women of this inspiring and sustainable grassroots organisation. • “What they’ve created at Luminary Bakery is exceptional - it’s a space for baking, healing and rebuilding. 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. Mixing equal parts of one ingredient and another could yield the perfect dessert, but the act of doing so provided personal balance. So while the baked goods are absolutely delicious, it’s the story of how the program at Luminary reshapes lives through baking that is the actual icing on the cake.” - The Duchess of Sussex Earlier this year, The Duchess of Sussex visited the Luminary Bakery and had the opportunity to break bread with the women - literally and figuratively - whilst listening to their stories of how they’ve rebuilt their lives following their challenging life experiences, and the significant role that Luminary Bakery has played in helping with their personal restoration. The Duchess of Sussex chose to include this small bakery tucked away in East London for the September issue of @BritishVogue, which she guest edited. This bakery is making a substantial difference to the lives of women in the local area over the last five years since opening its arms to vulnerable women and providing job skills, career support, mentoring and coaching. The combination of these like minded women supporting each other, both on the staff side and from the students, is proving to be the perfect recipe in creating this amazing, positive environment. If you find yourself in East London, please stop by and support the women of Luminary Bakery and the impactful work they’re doing. Photo © @LuminaryBakery 

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Meghan included the organization in the special edition of British Vogue that she recently guest-edited. She even sent the bakery a handwritten thank-you note for all of the staff’s efforts, and this week she and Prince Harry decided to further spotlight the business and share some of what it does.

The charitable organization was opened in 2014 by Alice Williams, and has an entirely female staff. According to People, Alice’s charity has helped transform the lives of 56 disadvantaged women, many of whom were victims of sex trafficking and violence.

“What they’ve created at Luminary Bakery is exceptional – it’s a space for baking, healing and rebuilding,” Meghan said in the caption for the post. “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. Mixing equal parts of one ingredient and another could yield the perfect dessert, but the act of doing so provided personal balance.

“So while the baked goods are absolutely delicious, it’s the story of how the program at Luminary reshapes lives through baking that is the actual icing on the cake.”

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The post goes on to say Luminary is making “ a substantial difference in the lives of women in the local area… since opening its arms to vulnerable women and providing job skills, career support, mentoring and coaching.”

As for the handwritten note Meghan recently gave the bakery, she praised the staff there, too.

“The work you do, what you represent to the community, the spirit of the women there – you all embody what it means to be ‘force for change,’” she wrote. “Thank you for being a part of this special project.”

She signed the note, simply, “Meghan.” The bakery also reportedly treated her for her 38 th birthday on Aug. 4 by sending her a very special cake!

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