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Meghan Markle says her book shows ‘another side of masculinity’

Meghan Markle’s children’s book is seen discounted at Waterstones Piccadilly bookstore in London on June 8. Shutterstock; MEGA


Meghan Markle says her book shows ‘another side of masculinity’


Meghan Markle expressed gratitude to fans after her new children’s book became a New York Times best seller, claiming that her story about dads and sons shows “another side of masculinity.”

Meghan refers to her first published piece as a “a love letter to my husband and son”

Meghan hailed the success of her book, which began as a poem to her husband about the relationship he had with their 2-year-old son, Archie, on her and Prince Harry’s Archewell website.

“While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I’m encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere.

“In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values.

She elaborated on her reason for writing the book, saying,


“Equally, to depict another side of masculinity — one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness — is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike.

“Thank you for supporting me in this special project.”

Following its publication last week, Markle’s book, “The Bench,” shot to the top of the New York Times’ list of best-selling children’s picture books.

Meghan hasn’t been engaged in a best-selling book project for the first time. Together: Our Community Cookbook, for which Meghan penned the foreword in 2018, also topped the nonfiction rankings on Amazon and The Bookseller.

This is obviously an emotional endeavor for the duchess. A tiny picture of a bearded Harry clutching their son, Archie’s, hand is included within the book. At the end of the book, there is also an image showing Harry and Archie tending the chickens as a lady, presumably Meghan, wears a sunhat and holds a baby in a sling. That baby is most likely Meghan and Harry’s newborn daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, born on June 4.

With 680 reviews, “The Bench” presently has a five-star rating on Amazon.

But some critics have been more difficult to impress.

“There isn’t a lot of positives to be found,” one reviewer said.

“It’s not engaging and cannot justify its classification as a children’s book. It’s a sentimental with a somewhat sanctimonious overtone.”

Claire Allfree of The Telegraph characterized the book as a “semi-literate vanity project.”

Despite a rousing success in the United States, it failed to crack the Top 50 in the United Kingdom, selling just 3,212 copies in its first week of release with an average rating of four stars, according to The Mirror.

However, Tom Tivan, managing editor of The Bookseller, said that although the Duchess’ book did not make the top 50, it was not entirely surprising since picture books often sell at a moderate and steady pace.

He previously told the Mirror, “The aim is the long game as picture books tend to have a longer shelf life than adult titles.”

“The idea is to keep them selling week in and week out and is not about a quick hit.”

Meghan previously said that the book was inspired by a Father’s Day poem she penned for her husband in 2019, only a few weeks after the birth of their baby Archie Harrison. On June 4, the parents welcomed a daughter called Lilibet Diana in honor of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana.

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