Meghan Markle is adding published author to her resume after writing a children's book that's set to be released on June 8.
The Duchess of Sussex's secret project is titled The Bench, according to an announcement by Penguin Random House, and is about "the special bond between father and son — as seen through a mother’s eyes." The story is inspired by the relationship between Markle's husband Prince Harry and son Archie, who turns two years old on Thursday. The book is also illustrated by artist Christian Robinson.
"The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born," Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, said in a statement. "That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor 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 makeup, as much as it does with mine."
The book comes as a surprise after the couple signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce documentaries, feature films, scripted television series and children's series last fall. But the move still makes sense for the soon-to-be mother-of-two who told Oprah that "the most important title I’ll ever have is mom." Markle is even set to narrate the audiobook edition.
"Meghan’s touching text explores the relationship between fathers and sons and undeniably tugs at the heartstrings that parents and caregivers feel," Mallory Loehr, EVP & Publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers Group, said in the statement. "Christian’s art beautifully matches the tender emotion of Meghan's words, and every spread is infused with a vibrant sense of joy and love. The Bench is timeless — it feels destined to become one of those books that people will be reading for generations to come."
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