Meghan Markle publishes her first children's book, inspired by Prince Harry and son Archie

Illustrated by award-winning artist Christian Robinson, it hits shelves on June 8.
Published May 4, 2021 2:03 p.m. EST
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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is officially an author.

Her first book is a children's book, titled The Bench. Illustrated by award-winning artist Christian Robinson, it is set to hit shelves on June 8.

Inspired by the relationship between her husband, Prince Harry, and their one-year-old son, Archie, the book “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,” according to a Penguin Random House press release.

If you want a little bit more Markle, she will be narrating the audiobook. In the press release, she shared, “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. 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.”

Her hope is that the book “resonates with every matter, no matter the makeup, as much as it does” her own.

Parenthood is very much on the mind for Markle, who is currently pregnant with the couple's second child, a girl. Meanwhile, it'll be little Archie's second birthday in just a few days, on May 6.

But books aren't the only avenue she's taking. She and Prince Harry recently signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce documentaries, features, scripted series and children’s shows.

Their first project is set to be a docuseries on the Invictus Games, which Prince Harry founded in 2014. 



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