Ebay sellers are flogging copies of Meghan’s charity cookbook
Revealed: How eBay sellers are flogging copies of Meghan’s charity cookbook for a PROFIT on the day of the launch – despite proceeds being intended for Grenfell victims
- The Duchess of Sussex launches charity cookbook Together on Thursday
- The book has already been listed on eBay despite the fact it is still in stock
- Sellers have listed the tome for up to 70 per cent more than retail
Today sees the Duchess of Sussex, joined by the Duke of Sussex and her mother Doria Ragland, launch her charity cookbook Together with a lunch at Kensington Palace.
The recipe book Together: Our Community Cookbook, £9.99 goes on sale today with profits going to the Hubb Community Kitchen, and initiative started by victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze in 2017.
And while the book is still available to buy on Amazon and at Waterstones it has already cropped up on eBay.
Several sellers have listed the book on the auction site for up up to 70 per cent more than the retail price.
The Duchess of Sussex today launches her cookbook Together: Our Community in support of Grenfell Tower victims
And though the book was only released today it has already been listed by several sellers on the auction site eBay
Buy It Now listings range from £12.25 to £16.99, a whole £7 more than the original price of the book.
While the tome is still available to buy at retail price bizarrely one listing has attracted 13 ‘watchers’.
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As the book was only available to buy today it is believed that many of the sellers listed the item before they actually had their hands on the book.
And while their original purchase of the book will go to the Hubb Community Kitchen any profit that the eBay members make from selling it on they are likely to pocket.
The recipe book is still available to buy at Waterstones and on Amazon at £9.99 but eBay listings are still attracting ‘watchers’ interested in buying the product
The highest price listing comes in at £16.99 – a whole 70 per cent more than the retail price and with the additional profits pocketed by the seller
The charity recipe book that the Duchess of Sussex has thrown her support behind has already proven popular rocketing to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list on pre-orders alone.
It emerged on Tuesday that Meghan has been making secret trips to a community mosque to cook with victims affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and has put her name to a book of recipes created in the Hubb Community Kitchen, an initiative based close to the tower in West London.
Meghan wrote the foreword to Together: Our Community Cookbook, which knocked JK Rowling off the number one spot on Amazon’s bestseller list.
Meghan celebrated the launch of the cookbook by hosting a lunch reception at Kensington Palace alongside other members of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Pictured: Meghan today helping to prepare lunch
Meghan was reunited with the Grenfell community group who provided the dishes for Together, the fundraising publication
The Duchess, who donned an apron to muck in with fellow volunteers on her visits, said she ‘immediately felt connected’ to the kitchen, which she described as a ‘place for women to laugh, cry, grieve and cook together’.
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Royal commentator Claudia Jospeh said she is ‘sure’ the new book will be a bestseller.
She told Sky News: ‘She’s a huge foodie and it’s a subject close to her heart.
She’s a foodie foodie, so this is something that’s close to her heart – she did this as a teenage in the soup kitchens in LA she went and helped, its not that different to when she was younger.
Grenfell is hugely significant for the country.
This is a very hands-on way to raise funds for them and to raise their profile.
‘We have seen with both Maghan and Kate, everything they wear, everything they do, sells out immediately. I’m sure this cook book will be a a best seller.’
Kensington Palace released photographs of the Duchess – who also appears on the front cover of the book – chatting, laughing and cooking with fellow volunteers in the kitchen at the Al Manaar Cultural Centre, as well as stopping to play with younger visitors.
The Hubb Community Kitchen – hubb means love in Arabic – has arisen out of the devastating Grenfell tragedy in 2017.
It caused the deaths of 72 people when fire broke out in the 24 storey block of flats on June 14 last year.
The palace said the group of women behind the project had decided to gather and prepare fresh food for their families and neighbours, as a way of helping the community to connect, heal and look forward – and to ‘convene through food’.
In the new book supported by Meghan, some of the recipes are family favourites and all have been created by the cooks who support not only residents affected by the Grenfell fire but others in the community.
In the introduction, the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen wrote: ‘Our kitchen has always been a place of good food, love, support and friendship.
‘We cook the recipes we’ve grown up with; there’s no stress, and the recipes always work because they have been made so many times – it’s proper comfort food… Swapping family recipes and moments of laughter gave us a sense of normality and home.
‘We named ourselves the Hubb Community Kitchen to celebrate the thing that we all feel every time we meet – hubb means love in Arabic.’
Meghan helped put the group in touch with a publisher and her Royal Foundation provided assistance with legal and administrative issues.
Prince Harry will support Meghan when she celebrates the official launch of the recipe book – her first solo project as a Duchess – at a reception at the palace on Thursday.
It’s hoped the book will sell 50,000 copies, and if it reaches this figure it means £250,000 will be raised for the Hubb Community Kitchen.
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