The Duchess of Sussex can now add “the bestselling author” to her already long list of accomplishments. Meghan Markle’s first children’s book, The bench, reached number one on the New York Times List of best sellers, in the category of children’s picture books.
The book, which was released on June 8 by Random House Children’s Books, features watercolor illustrations by artist Christian Robinson. Duchess Meghan’s family life with Prince Harry and Archie inspired the 40-page book, as The bench talks about the special and evolving relationship between a father and his son, seen through the eyes of a mother. The book is actually based on a poem Meghan wrote for her husband shortly after Archie was born in 2018.
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Prince Harry and Meghan are both currently on parental leave after welcoming their second child, daughter Lilibet Diana, on June 4, but the Duchess released a statement thanking supporters and everyone involved in publishing the book on the Archewell website today.
“Although this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I am encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusion resonate in communities around the world. In many ways, the pursuit of a more compassionate and just world begins with these core values. Likewise, portraying another side of masculinity, one based on connection, emotion, and gentleness, is like modeling a world that so many would love to see for their sons and daughters. Thank you for supporting me on this special project, ”Meghan wrote.
Meghan dedicated the book to her husband and son; the sweet dedication page reads: “To the man and the boy who make my heart pump”, in the Duchess’ perfect calligraphy, worthy of a calligraphy.
The book presents an adorable glimpse into Sussex life at home, as the final illustration appears to be a depiction of Prince Harry and Meghan with their children, in their Montecito estate. The two-page drawing shows a father and his son (both red-haired!) Sitting on a bench feeding chickens. Nearby, a mother wearing a hat and holding a baby in a sling to her chest (presumably Meghan and little Lili) is walking through a garden. Even the two Sussex puppies make an appearance in the drawing!
If you haven’t yet got your hands on a copy of The bench, you grab a copy for just over $ 12 online now, if you’re looking for a last minute gift, after all, Father’s Day is just around the corner.