AN UNSEEN photo of Meghan Markle has been shared by the Luminary Bakery to mark her birthday today.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, was pictured donning an apron as the London-based bakery opened its second store in Camden last year.
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The London-based Luminary Bakery has shared a previously unseen photo of Meghan Markle in honour of her birthday[/caption]
Meghan is a champion of the bakery, and chose them as one of the many good causes highlighted in the Vogue issue that she helped to guest-edit.
The Luminary Bakery shared the new photo on Instagram and said they are partnering with Camfed (Campaign for Female Education) to celebrate the duchess’ birthday.
They wrote: “To celebrate, one of our Luminary grads, Monica who is based in London, will be joining Tisiyenji, in Zambia from to bake cakes ‘together’ from across the globe to honour The Duchess of Sussex’s birthday & celebrate ALL women with through their beautiful bakes.”
In the photo, Meghan is wearing her relaxed £80 With Nothing Underneath shirt with a pair of dark jeans.
The Duchess of Sussex visited the women of Luminary Bakery last year as they celebrated the opening of a new location in Camden[/caption]
Meghan was seen witnessing the company’s cakes[/caption]
The bakery added: “This picture is of Monica meeting Meghan when she came to help us officially open our second bakery in Camden last year.
“Monica enthusiastically lent her the apron she was wearing, which is true to Monica’s generous spirit!”
Monica’s cake is now being raffled off, with the organisation raising donations to be entered into the draw.
The Luminary Bakery is an all-female team based in east London, who help women who are victims of sex trafficking, violence, who have been to prison or are finding it hard to get back into work.
Since they launched in 2014, they have helped 56 women get back on their feet.
Cakes start from around £45 and include flavours from salted caramel and chocolate to lemon and blueberry.
After Meghan featured the bakery in her Vogue issue, she followed up with a sweet handwritten note, thanking them for their work.
The note, written in Meghan’s beautiful calligraphy, read: “When I knew I would be secretly guest editing the September issue of British Vogue, including Luminary Bakery was a non-negotiable.
“The work you do, what you represent to the community, the spirit of the women there- you all embody what it means to be ‘forces for change’.
“Thank you for being a part of this special project.”
Meghan also previously did a tribute to the Luminary Bakery on the SussexRoyal Instagram page.
She wrote: “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.”
The Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William have today wished Meghan Markle a happy 39th birthday.
The Duchess of Sussex will ring in the big day in Los Angeles after a whirlwind 12 months that has seen her life transformed.
A year ago Meghan was a working member of the British royal family and living in the grounds of Windsor Castle with husband Harry and their son Archie.
But today they live in Los Angeles after breaking away from the monarchy for personal and financial freedom.
The couple moved to America with their 14-month-old son just a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the globe, and like everyone else have been living under lockdown.
Birthday celebrations are likely to be low-key as the state of California they now call home reportedly has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in America.
This follows biography Finding Freedom, written by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, having unleashed a number of bombshell excerpts ahead of its release – including that Meghan “emboldened” Prince Harry to leave the Firm.
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Intimate details about the couple’s relationship – including that Harry, 35, was the first to say “I love you” – have also been revealed in Finding Freedom, although a spokesperson for the couple has insisted they were not involved.
And while the palace has not commented on the claims in the biography, Kate Middleton is said to have been left “devastated” by the allegations.
Meanwhile, huge chunks of Meghan’s page on the official Royal Family website have been culled.