Meghan Markle interview – Duchess reveals The Bench is a 'love story' about growing with Harry 'in good times or bad'

MEGHAN Markle has revealed that her picture book The Bench is a “love story” about growing with Harry “in good times and bad”.

 The Duchess of Sussex, 39, said  she was "inspired" to pen The Bench after she bought a real life bench for Harry's first Father's Day from their son Archie.

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On the back of the bench she had written a poem, which was the jumping off point for her now published children’s book.

Speaking about the book she told NPR: "There are lots of little small moments like that that were personal memories or anecdotes that I wanted infused in there.

“It's a love story. It's really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and this trust so that, be at good times or bad, you know that you had this person." 

And she explained why she gave Harry a bench, saying: "As most of us do, you go, what am I going to get them as a gift?

"And I thought I just wanted something sentimental and a place for him to have as a bit of a home base with our son.

The poem read: "This is your bench. Where life will begin/For you and our son/Our baby, our kin."

"I really hope that people can see this as a love story that transcends the story of my family."

The duchess' comments come after the couple have faced a busy few years which saw them dramatically quit the Royal Family, welcome two children and settle in the US amid reports of a rift with the Firm.

The radio interview is the first time Meghan Markle has publicly spoken after she and Prince Harry accused the Royals of racism and that she had not been supported as she faced suicidal thoughts.

llustrations in the book show her holding Lilibet as Prince Harry is seen feeding chickens with little Archie.

Inside Meghan's 34-page book The Bench, the pictures give a fresh glimpse into the Sussexes' "authentic" life at their LA home – featuring their newborn daughter.

Despite not gaining a place on the Top 50, The Bench did reach the top of the charts for the best selling picture book.

Although the book may have had slow sales, it is expected to be huge hit for the book’s publishers Penguin Random House Children’s, as they have the rights that allow them to sell the English language copy globally.

They could also sell translation rights to other publishers, which means that the book could become a global success if it published in other languages.

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