Meghan Markle baked banana bread at Admiralty House for a very special reason

By Jessica Pollack

Meghan Markle baked banana bread at Admiralty House for a very special reason

Meghan Markle has proven to know her way around the kitchen, from mouthwatering posts on her former blog The Tig to her charity project publishing a community cookbook, but last night the expectant royal got to know the kitchen at Admiralty House for a very special reason. Ahead of her visit with the Woodley family in Dubbo today, the duchess baked a fresh banana bread to go with some 'Royal Blend' Fortnum and Mason tea.

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Along with her husband Prince Harry, the 37-year-old spent the second day of her royal tour on Wednesday (Oct. 17) in Dubbo, a rural region of New South Wales. The couple toured the Mountain View Farm and helped to feed the cattle as they learned about drought alongside Pip Job, NSW Drought Coordinator and former National Rural Woman of the Year. Meghan's loaf of banana bread was then displayed on a multicoloured platter, and was gobbled up quite quickly! Her secret ingredients? Chocolate chips and a bit of ginger.

Meghan has always loved entertaining, sharing her preference for a night in with home-cooked food, close friends and good wine. In the forward of Together: Our Community Cookbook, the former actress explains the power of food to bring people together. "I have a lifelong interest in the story of food—where it comes from, why we embrace it, and how it brings us together: the universal connection to community through the breaking of bread." It seems she was hoping to break banana bread and build a strong connection with this local family.

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The couple's busy day in Dubbo saw them arrive by plane and greet the hordes of fans who had come to see them, like a cheeky boy who touched Prince Harry's beard and gave Meghan a huge hug. They then unveiled a new aircraft in the Royal Flying Doctor Service during their visit to the Royal Flying Doctors Service hangar, where they also met health workers and learned about the world's first flying doctor's service. And following the farm visit they attended a community bbq.

The couple are on day two of their 16-day tour, which boasts a whopping 76 engagements across four countries: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. For the rural visit, they kept it casual, with Meghan supporting her bestie Serena Williams in one of her brand's blazers, paired with Outland jeans, a Maison Kitsune white button-up shirt and J. Crew booties. She swapped her soft waves or loose chignon for a chic ponytail. Harry, on the other hand, was this close to a Canadian tuxedo in a denim shirt, blue pants and desert boots.