Meghan Markle is adding children’s book author to her resume.
The Duchess of Sussex has written her first children’s book, “The Bench,” which will be published by Random House Children’s Books in the US on June 8.
According to a press release from the publishing company, “The Bench” is about the bond between a father and son from the mother’s perspective. Christian Robinson, a Caldecott winner, illustrated the book.
Markle will also be narrating an audiobook of “The Bench” for release in the US and Canada.
Markle was inspired to write the book because of Prince Harry’s relationship with their son, Archie, according to the same press release. She has been working on the book since Archie was just a month old.
“‘The Bench’ started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” Markle said in the press release. “That poem became this story.”
Archie was born in May of 2019, when Markle and Harry were still senior members of the royal family. The couple officially stepped back from their senior duties in January of 2020.
Although Markle was inspired to write the book when Archie was a newborn — and when she was still a senior member of the royal family — “The Bench” explores the bond between father and son past infancy.
“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,” the press release said of the book.
Markle also spoke of the role Robinson’s illustrations played in the book in the press release.
“Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor 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,” Markle said.
“My hope is that ‘The Bench’ resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine,” she added.
Mallory Loehr, the executive vice president and publisher for Random House Books for Young Readers Group, said that the book “undeniably tugs at the heartstrings that parents and caregivers feel.”
“Christian’s art beautifully matches the tender emotion of Meghan’s words, and every spread is infused with a vibrant sense of joy and love,” Loehr went on to say. “‘The Bench’ is timeless — it feels destined to become one of those books that people will be reading for generations to come.”
The announcement comes just after Prince Harry’s first public appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral, at the VAX LIVE concert.
Markle and Harry are expecting their second child this summer. They have not announced their daughter’s due date.
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