Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, didn’t see diverse characters in books as she grew up. She hopes ‘The Bench’ will change that

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The Duchess stated that “rising up, I bear in mind a lot the way it felt to not see your self represented,” in an interview with Nationwide Public Radio’s (NPR) Samantha Balaban.

“So any youngster or any household hopefully can open this e book and see themselves in it, whether or not meaning glasses or freckled or a special physique form or a special ethnicity or faith,” Meghan stated.

Whereas the e book opens and ends with depictions of Meghan’s household, there’s a numerous vary of fathers and sons depicted all through the story.

“This story that I wrote for my husband and son may actually be your story additionally,” she advised the US radio community’s children’s book series, “Image This.”

Earlier this yr Meghan and her husband Prince Harry sparked a heated dialog about racism, the British tabloid press and the royal household following their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2019.

Quiet moments

Meghan’s e book was printed final month. It’s impressed by Prince Harry and their son Archie Harrison, and is about relationships between fathers and sons, depicted in quiet moments spent on benches.

Meghan stated that “particularly on this previous yr,” in opposition to the backdrop of a worldwide pandemic, that “so many people realized how a lot occurs within the quiet.”

“So, on this story, I am observing this love between my husband and our son and imagining what it will likely be as they’ve extra shared moments as our son will get older,” she stated.

“From scraping a knee to having a coronary heart damaged, no matter it’s that they at all times reset at this bench and have this second to bond,” Meghan added.

The e book emerged from a poem and bench that Meghan gave Harry for his first Father’s Day. The interview, to be aired Sunday, marks the couple’s second Father’s Day.

It was recorded earlier than the delivery of their second youngster, Lilibet Diana, who was born earlier this month.

Their daughter was named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose household nickname is Lilibet. Her center title, Diana, was chosen to honor her late grandmother.

"The Bench," by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is displayed in a bookshop in London on June 8.

Meghan stated award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson included small particulars within the e book that her son Archie would choose up on, and refined nods to the late Princess Diana.

“I feel you will discover candy little moments that we have tucked in there — from my favourite flower, even my husband’s mother’s favourite flower, forget-me-nots,” stated Meghan.

“We wished to verify these had been included in there. There’s plenty of, plenty of particular element and love that went into this e book,” she added.

Harry and Meghan had been married in a lavish marriage ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, three years in the past.

They stepped again from their roles as senior working royals final yr, relinquishing their HRH titles, and now dwell in Santa Barbara, California.

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