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Meghan Markle cut a low-key figure as she helped to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for 300 homeless women in downtown Los Angeles last week.

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, who is currently living in her $14 million mansion in California, donned a black baseball cap and a mint green jumper as she assisted in preparing a lunch at Downtown Women’s Center (DWC).

In a photograph shared on the Archewell Foundation website, the royal can be seen wearing a face mask and gloves as she helps to hand out slices of pumpkin pie.

It’s also likely that Meghan prepared a meal for her own family as she did last year, when she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and revealed: ‘I love to cook, we’ll be home and just relax and sort of settle in.’

Meghan Markle, 41, cut a low-key figure as she helped to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for 300 homeless women in downtown Los Angeles last week (pictured)

Meghan Markle, 41, cut a low-key figure as she helped to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for 300 homeless women in downtown Los Angeles last week (pictured)

Alongside the image, the organisation wrote: ‘Earlier this week, the Archewell Foundation Team helped prepare a Thanksgiving lunch for over 300 Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) residents in Los Angeles. 

‘DWC provides a wide array of resources to decrease barriers and end homelessness for all women including female veterans and their families, women with severe physical and mental health concerns and survivors of domestic violence.’

Meghan previously visited a DWC centre in  Vancouver Island after stepping back from royal duty in 2019 to ‘offer support’ and to ‘boost the staff’s spirits’.

The Duchess has spent a number of years across the pond for Thanksgiving since stepping back from royal duty.

In 2020, a source claimed The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would enjoy their first Thanksgiving dinner in the US as a family complete with fresh vegetables grown in their Californian garden.

Omid Scobie, co-author of the explosive biography Finding Freedom, wrote on Twitter that a source close to the couple informed him they would be sharing a ‘cosy’ Thanksgiving together with 19-month-old Archie.

Royal Christmases at Sandringham 

During the 1960s, when the Queen’s children were young, many festive seasons were celebrated at Windsor, but since 1988, when the castle was rewired, royal Christmases returned to Sandringham.

The Queen traditionally spent both Christmas and New Year at the estate, before leaving in February.

She usually returned to London or Windsor on the anniversary of her father’s death on February 6.

Last year, a Royal insider told the Mail on Sunday the Sandringham estate was special ‘not only because of all the fond memories of Prince Philip and the hard work he did to transform the estate, but also because it’s the very place where her father passed away

 

‘They are going to have a quiet dinner at home and are looking forward to celebrating their first American Thanksgiving in the States as a family,’ Scobie tweeted.

‘They plan to enjoy a home-cooked meal with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including recipes made with fresh vegetables from their garden.’

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Meanwhile in 2019,  Harry and Meghan are believed to have celebrated Thanksgiving privately with close family, spending the holiday in Canada with their son and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.

Royal editor Katie Nicholl previously told OK! that the mother is a ‘talented chef’ who loves to provide meals for her loved-ones. 

Vanity Fair’s royal editor said: ‘Meghan loves being in the kitchen. She’s a talented chef and takes great pleasure in bringing people together over a family meal.

‘There won’t be any staff helping her – she’ll definitely be wearing the apron.’   

It comes amid reports the Duke and Duchess are unlikely to join the Royal Family at Sandringham for their first Christmas without the Queen.

King Charles is understood to have invited Meghan and Harry, who remain ‘much loved’ members of the family despite quitting Royal duties nearly three years ago.

But a source close to the King said: ‘They are unlikely to attend.’

It will be the first time that Charles hosts the annual family gathering and Christmas break at the private estate in Norfolk.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will be there, staying at nearby Anmer Hall, the home they were given by the Queen.

Other family members are expected to join the King and Queen Consort on their walk to church on Christmas morning.

It comes amid reports the Duke and Duchess are unlikely to join the Royal Family at Sandringham for their first Christmas without the Queen

It comes amid reports the Duke and Duchess are unlikely to join the Royal Family at Sandringham for their first Christmas without the Queen

The Royal Family has made Sandringham their base for Christmas and New Year since 1988.

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Although the family traditionally spends the holiday at the country estate, the last few years had seen a change in routine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The royals are expected to celebrate in Sandringham this year as they navigate their first Christmas since Queen Elizabeth II died.

There will be those within the Royal Family who may breathe a sigh of relief if the Sussexes send their regrets.

After Meghan described the late Queen’s funeral as ‘complicated’, the Sussexes’ presence over the mince pies may not go down well.

Harry is poised to release his bombshell memoirs in the New Year and a Netflix programme before that.

The book – titled Spare as a ‘loaded’ reference to his position as the younger brother of the heir to the throne – will feature the painful episode of his mother’s tragic death, the publishers say. 

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