Meghan Markle’s masterclass in how to remain under the radar and live a normal life continues this week with news that the princess has gone and published a(nother) book. For someone who moved to the tabloid and celebrity centre of the universe, LA, to protect the privacy of her son Archie it is potentially a counterintuitive move to then publish and publicise a book about Archie, but we’re not complaining because it actually looks like it might be quite good.
Dabbling in children’s fiction seems to be par-for-the-course for royals, Fergie (the duchess, not the Black Eyed Pea) penned a relatively successful series called Budgie the Little Helicopter and has been rather prolific since. Meanwhile Prince Charle’s Legends of Locknagar was a hit back in the ’80s.
The Duchess of Sussex’s effort fits into this pattern and it’s likely that any literary failings will no doubt be made up for in commercial success.
But from what we can tell it all looks rather wholesome and lovely. And it’s based on her husband’s bond with son Archie, so it’s hard not to go ‘ahhh’.
Any literary failings will no doubt be made up for in commercial success...
Published by Penguin Random House, the book is titled The Bench and will be available to buy from 8th June, handily in time for Fathers’ Day.
According to the publisher, the book “touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family
“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, belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort.”
The book started its life as a poem, written by Meghan to Prince Harry on Archie’s first Father’s Day, a month after his birth. That poem has now morphed into book form thanks to the duchess’s collaboration with artist Christian Robinson.
The book started its life as a poem, written by Meghan to Prince Harry on Archie's first Father's Day...
The book comes as Archie is set to gain a sibling, with Harry revealing to the world in their infamous Oprah interview that the royal couple are having a daughter together this summer. So perhaps we can expect a series?
The Bench should certainly do well, not only does it have the backing of one of the world’s best PR machines, the privacy hungry Sussexes, but it also looks like it’s actually going to be a somewhat heartwarming! Which makes it a shoe-in for any upcoming niece, nephew, godchild birthdays.
Of course, one of Meghan’s role models Kamala Harris, famously published Superheroes Are Everywhere, an equally charming children’s book drawing from her childhood heroes, as a precursor to her presidential run which has landed her the VP job and a shoe-in for presidential candidate and potentially the top job in 2024 (assuming America’s version of democracy allows for it).
So does Meghan have eyes on the White House…?