The Duchess of Sussex will publish a children's book inspired by Harry and Archie on 8 June. The Bench will be an illustrated story told through a mother’s eyes, and will look at the "special bond between father and son".
The book was first written by Meghan as a poem for Prince Harry to mark Father’s Day 2019, a month after Archie was born.
Random House Children's Books, the company publishing the book, says that it “touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family”.
“Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, The Bench gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons - moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort,” continued the statement.
Illustrations have been provided by Caldecott-winning and best-selling artist Christian Robinson, which Meghan says "capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life".
"This representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens,” said Meghan, adding that she hopes the book “resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine”.
Mallory Loehr, EVP & publisher of Random House Books for Young Readers Group, described the story as "timeless" and "destined to become one of those books that people will be reading for generations to come".
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