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Meghan Markle’s book could flop as ‘Waterstones pulls books from displays”


Meghan Markle’s book could flop as ‘Waterstones pulls books from displays”


The Bench, Meghan Markle’s was set to be released to the public on June 8.

However, her publisher, Penguin Random House, is at odds with Waterstones, according to the Telegraph.

Following a spat between its publisher and Britain’s largest high street bookshop, the debut of a children’s book might be hampered and copies placed in “less prominent positions” than others.

According to reports, the publisher has limited credit available to Waterstones, limiting the quantity of books they can purchase.

This might have an influence on sales of forthcoming titles such as Meghan’s book.

‘We are not boycotting PRH titles but we are doing our utmost to ensure that availability for customers remains good despite the lower overall levels of stock,’ said a representative for the business.


‘We do this generally by giving their titles less prominent positioning within our bookshops.

“Waterstones are currently operating with reduced credit terms from PRH, the only publisher in the UK to place any limitations on our ability to trade.”

As a result, Waterstones has removed Penguin Random House books from its shelves in 283 locations across the UK.

Waterstones typically purchases books on credit and then generates funds to pay publishers back; however, the chain’s credit was allegedly curtailed at the end of last year.

As the controversy raged, it has also been reported that none of the publisher’s books appeared on Waterstones’ Book of the Month list.

The Society of Authors, the UK’s professional authors’ trade organization, issued a warning: ‘There is understandably some concern among the author community about this. We’re talking about the UK’s biggest publisher and the UK’s biggest high-street bookseller.

“Whatever supply and contractual disagreements these businesses are experiencing, they both have a responsibility not to let them impact authors and the readers who want to enjoy their work,” he continued

The book’s cover was designed by award-winning artist Christian Robinson, and the audiobook is narrated by the Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan said: “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.

“Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life.

“This representation was particularly important to me and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.

“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make up, as much as it does with me.”

Meghan’s £12.99 ($18.99) book is inspired by Prince Harry and her son Archie, and it has illustrations of a red-headed soldier.

She claimed the inspiration for it came from a poem she wrote for Harry on Father’s Day the month Archie was born, and that it would examine the ‘special bond between father and son’ as ‘seen through a mother’s eyes.’

Random House Children’s Book will release the book on June 8th.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second child in the United States, where they already have a son.

It is unknown whether Meghan received an advance for the book or whether any of the revenues would be donated to charity, but a branding expert believes it would have already netted her £500,000 after a ‘bidding war to secure her first venture.’

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