WATCH: Meghan Markle Gives First Royal Speech Without Notes at Event for Her New Cookbook as Her Mother and Prince Harry Look On Proudly

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Meghan Markle spoke from the heart — and without notes! — while addressing “a tremendous labor of love.”

The Duchess of Sussex gave her first public speech as a member of the royal family on Thursday while hosting an event celebrating the special cookbook she helped create — and she didn’t miss a beat.

Husband Prince Harry and her mom, Doria Ragland (who flew in from L.A. earlier in the week), proudly looked on while Meghan spoke for three minutes about how the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen welcomed her shortly after her move to London.

“Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labor of love,” the poised royal said in video captured by ITV’s Chris Ship. “I just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by this kitchen — your warmth and kindness, and also to be able to be in this city and to see in this one small room how multicultural it was.”

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, centre, accompanied by Britain’s Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and her mother Doria Ragland walk to attend a reception at Kensington Palace, in London, Thursday Sept. 20, 2018. Markle was joined by her mother for the launch of a cookbook aimed at raising money for victims of the Grenfell fire. Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, hosted the reception beside her mother, Doria Ragland, to support the cookbook called “Together.” (Ben Stansall/Pool Photo via AP) (Associated Press)

She continued, “On a personal level, I feel so proud to live in this city that can have so much diversity. There’s 12 countries represented in this one group of women. It’s pretty outstanding.”

Meghan noted that this was her “first project,” adding even more meaning to the special occasion.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks to guests at the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. (Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks to guests at the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. (Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L), her mother, Doria Ragland (R) and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex take part in the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. (Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain’s Prince Harry (L), Duke of Sussex and Doria Ragland listen to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaking at an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. (Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex helps to prepare food at the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. (Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

“I said in the foreword that this is more than a cookbook, and what I mean by that is the power of food is more than just the meal itself. It’s the story behind it. When we get to know the story of the recipe, you get to know the person behind it,” she said. “That’s what we’re talking about in terms of coming together to really engage and talk and to be able to celebrate what connects us rather than what divides us. That, I believe, is the ethos of Together.“

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Stephanie Petit