Meghan Markle is about to add another feather to her cap, that of a published author. On Tuesday, the Duchess of Sussex announced that her first children’s book The Bench will be published on June 8. The book explores the bond between fathers and sons as seen by a mother’s eyes and is inspired by her husband Prince Harry’s and their son Archie’s relationship. The book is illustrated by Christian Robinson.
Meghan said in the press release from publisher Random House Children's Books, “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."
Introducing THE BENCH, the debut children’s book from Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex with illustrations by @theartoffunnews, about the special bond between father and son—as told through a mother’s eyes. Also available as an audiobook read by the author. https://t.co/uCuvabPJv3
— Random House Kids (@randomhousekids) May 4, 2021
From Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, comes a debut children’s book about the special bond between father and son as told through a mother’s eyes. It was an honor to illustrate this book! Available wherever books are sold June 8th! https://t.co/o7VLO08RlP pic.twitter.com/jpixXeS00M
— the art of fun (@theartoffunnews) May 4, 2021
She further said, “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. My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”
Prince Harry and Meghan are parents to son Archie, who turns 2 on Thursday, and are expecting a baby girl this summer.