Meghan Markle is releasing a children's book inspired by Harry and Archie
The Duchess of Sussex will publish her debut children's book next month based on father-son relationships seen through the eyes of a mother. The Bench, written by Meghan Markle, draws inspiration from the bond between her husband, Prince Harry, and their soon to be two-year-old son, Archie. The Duchess released a statement explaining the inspiration behind the story, "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."
Speaking about the new book the publishers, Penguin Random House, said it aimed to evoke "a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion" and captures the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother's eyes. It added: "It 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."
Meghan will also release an audio version of the book, and illustrations by award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson will accompany it. This is one of a number of new ventures that Harry and Meghan have embarked upon since stepping away from royal duties. Alongside the book, they've also secured commercial deals with Netflix and Spotify which are said to be worth millions. Prince Harry has also recently announced that he will be joining mental health and life coaching start-up BetterUp as a "chief impact officer".
The Bench is available to pre-order now and will be officially released on June 8.