The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has added another feather to her hat by penning a children’s book. Markle has turned into an author by writing her first children’s book, The Bench, set to be published on June 8, 2021.
The book is about the connection between father and son as seen through a mother’s eyes. The inspiration for the book came for Markle came by Prince Harry’s relationship with the couple’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
According to an official press release, The Bench “captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons” as well as “reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family.”
The Bench is published by Random House Children’s Books and is illustrated by award-winning artist Christian Robinson.
Meghan Markle also narrated the audiobook, which will be released in the US and Canada by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, the publisher said. The book will be released in the UK by Penguin Random House UK Audio.
“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.
Meghan Markle started writing the children’s book in June 2019, shortly after Archie’s birth in May – and before she and Harry stepped back from royal life.
“‘The Bench’ started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” said Meghan in a statement. “That poem became this story,” she added.
The Bench comes with illustrations, which Markle said was important to her. “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.
Speaking about Meghan Markle’s literary debut, Mallory Loehr, the EVP and publisher for Random House Books for Young Readers Group, said:
“Meghan’s touching text explores the relationship between fathers and sons and undeniably tugs at the heartstrings that parents and caregivers feel,” said Loehr in a statement. “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. The Bench is timeless—it feels destined to become one of those books that people will be reading for generations to come.”