Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, didn’t see diverse characters in books as she grew up. She hopes ‘The Bench’ will change that
The Duchess stated that “growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented,” in an interview with National Public Radio’s (NPR) Samantha Balaban.
“So any child or any family hopefully can open this book and see themselves in it, whether that means glasses or freckled or a different body shape or a different ethnicity or religion,” Meghan stated.
While the book opens and ends with representations of Meghan’s household, there is a varied variety of daddies and children illustrated throughout the story.
Previously this year Meghan and her partner Prince Harry triggered a heated discussion about bigotry, the British tabloid press and the royal household following their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan’s book was released last month. It is motivated by Prince Harry and their boy Archie Harrison, and has to do with relationships in between daddies and children, illustrated in peaceful minutes invested in benches.
Meghan stated that “especially in this past year,” versus the background of a worldwide pandemic, that “so many of us realized how much happens in the quiet.”
“So, in this story, I’m observing this love between my husband and our son and imagining what it will be as they have more shared moments as our son gets older,” she stated.
“From scraping a knee to having a heart broken, whatever it is that they always reset at this bench and have this moment to bond,” Meghan included.
The book emerged from a poem and bench that Meghan provided Harry for his very first Dad’s Day. The interview, to be aired Sunday, marks the couple’s 2nd Dad’s Day.
Their child was called after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose household label is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was selected to honor her late granny.
Meghan stated acclaimed illustrator Christian Robinson consisted of little information in the book that her boy Archie would detect, and subtle nods to the late Princess Diana.
“I think you can find sweet little moments that we’ve tucked in there — from my favorite flower, even my husband’s mom’s favorite flower, forget-me-nots,” stated Meghan.
“We wanted to make sure those were included in there. There’s a lot of, a lot of special detail and love that went into this book,” she included.
Harry and Meghan were wed in an extravagant wedding event at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, 3 years back.
They went back from their functions as senior working royals in 2015, relinquishing their HRH titles, and now reside in Santa Barbara, California.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.