She wrote the poem for Father's Day in 2018.

Olivia Harvey
May 05, 2021 @ 11:02 am
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Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle's first children's book is now available for purchase. Titled The Bench, the story is based on a poem she wrote for Prince Harry for Father's Day 2018, a month after their son Archie was born. In a press release from The Bench publisher Random House Children's Book, Meghan stated, "That poem became this story."

The Bench, which was originally announced in April, "beautifully captures the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother's eyes," the Amazon description reads. "The book's storytelling and illustration give us snapshots of shared moments that evoke a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion."

Amazon also included an except from the book: "This is your bench / Where you'll witness great joy. / From here you will rest / See the growth of our boy."

"This is your bench / Where life will begin. / For you and our son / Our baby, our kin."

The Bench is illustrated by Caldecott-winning, best-selling illustrator Christian Robinson, who worked in watercolor for the first time on this book. Robinson's soft illustrations "[reflect] the beauty of a father's love" as seen by a mother.

Meghan's debut children's book is available in the U.S. in both Kindle, ($11.99) audiobook, and hardcover format ($18.99), and is best for children ages 3 through 7-though the story will ring true and pluck heartstrings for children and adults of all ages.

Meghan, described as a "mother, wife, feminist, and activist" in her Amazon author's bio, and Harry just welcomed their second child, daughter Lili Diana, into the world last week. Since stepping down from their duties as senior members of the royal family last year, they've started anew in California and have several creative projects, including Netflix dealings and a Spotify podcast in the works.