Meghan Markle is an author of children’s books.
His book, The bench, released on June 8, just four days after Meghan gave birth to her and Prince Harry’s second child, Lilibet Diana. In an interview broadcast today with NPR’s Samantha Balaban for Weekend Edition’s ‘Picture This’ children’s book series, Meghan explains how her husband’s relationship with their son, Archie (2), inspired her book.
Meghan explained how, on Harry’s first Father’s Day, when Archie was just over a month old, she gave him a special gift: a bench. It would be a place for them to “reset”.
“Like most of us, come on, what am I going to give them as a gift?” And I thought I just wanted something sentimental and a place where he could have a bit of home base with our son ”, Meghan says in the interview.
“This is your bench,” the book begins, a poem. “Where life will begin / For you and our son / Our baby, our parent.”
Meghan also explains in the interview how important it was to her that the watercolor illustrations in the book, done by Caldecott Medal recipient Christian Robinson, were inclusive:
“Growing up, I remember so much how it felt not to be represented,” Meghan says. “Me
She calls the book “a love story” and adds that she hopes readers can see it as a “love story that transcends my family history.”
Meghan added that The bench is a favorite of Archie, who “has a voracious appetite for books.”
“Archie loves the book! Now the fact that he loves The bench, and I can say, ‘Mom wrote this for you’, it’s amazing.
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