Meghan Markle Has Written A Children's Book Inspired By Prince Harry And Archie

Olivia Blair
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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

Meghan Markle can now add published children's author to her CV.

As well as being a former actor, Duchess, activist, podcast host and documentary narrator, the Duchess of Sussex has now written a children's book.

Her new book, The Bench, has been written as a tribute to her husband Prince Harry and their son, Archie.

The book is inspired by the bond between a father and son, as seen by through the mother's eyes. Markle has revealed she was inspired to write The Bench after penning a poem for her husband on his first Father's Day last year.

Photo credit: Penguin Random House/Christian Robinson
Photo credit: Penguin Random House/Christian Robinson

According to publishers Penguin Random House, the book evokes 'a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion.. giving 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'.

In first-look images from the book, which was illustrated by Caldecott-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, one photograph shows a mother looking out a window while a father in an armed forces uniform with red hair throws his son in the air evoking parallels with Prince Harry and Archie.

Photo credit: Penguin Random House
Photo credit: Penguin Random House

Another in-page photo shows a father and baby boy relaxing on a sun lounger.

In a statement, the Duchess of Sussex - who is currently expecting her second child, and first daughter with her husband - said of writing the book: 'The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born. That poem became this story.

Photo credit: Penguin Random House/Christian Robinson
Photo credit: Penguin Random House/Christian Robinson

'Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that 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.

'My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.'

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The book will be published on June 8, 2021 and is Markle's first children's book. According to the press release, the 39-year-old will also narrate the audiobook edition.

The Duchess of Sussex has previously written a foreword for the Together cookbook she worked on to benefit victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster when she was a senior working member of the royal family.

Before meeting Prince Harry, she also authored a blog, The Tig and wrote for various magazines and newspapers, including ELLE UK.

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