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May 13, 2021

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Megan Markle makes her debut as a children’s book author


Meghan Markle can add a new achievement to her CV: the author of children’s books.

Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that the Duchess of Sussex will publish her first book, “The Bench”, on June 8th. The story looks at “the special bond between father and son – as you see it through a mother’s eyes,” and was inspired by Prince Harry and Archie.

The book, which Megan will also narrate, was drawn by “The Last Stop on Market Street” author and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.

“The Bench started out as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, a month after Archie was born,” Megan said in a joint statement with HuffPost.

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Cover of “The Bench”.

“There are Christian layers in beautiful, ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between parents and children from all walks of life,” added Megan.

“This acting was especially important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to portray this special bond through an all-encompassing lens. I hope The Bench resonates with every family, regardless of makeup, as much as it resonates with my family.”


Christian Robinson / Penguin Random House


Christian Robinson / Penguin Random House

Megan is no stranger to the publishing world. In 2019, the Duchess of Sussex became the first guest editor for British Vogue in her 103-year history, working on the magazine’s iconic September issue. Megan’s issue set two records, being the fastest-selling issue in the magazine’s history and also the best-selling issue in the past decade.

In 2018, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Sussex had written a cooking book entitled Together: Our Community Kitchen, which was created by some of the women at the Hubb Community Kitchen, who were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017.

The Duchess of Sussex has also written for her lifestyle blog The Tig for three years. The site closed later in 2017, a few months before Meghan and Prince Harry announced their engagement.

The Duchess of Sussex is reportedly behind the well-known and anonymous Hollywood blogger “the working actress”, according to the royal biographer “Finding Freedom”, Omid Scobey and Caroline Durand.

Tig wasn’t the first time Meghan took to the internet not only to express herself but also to communicate with others. From 2010 to 2012, she wrote Working actress, An anonymous blog that details the pitfalls and victories of the struggle to reach Hollywood, “the authors write in their book.

They added, “She always enjoyed writing at school, and even thought about becoming a journalist at some point, because it was an opportunity to direct her creativity and frustrate her.”

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