Meghan Markle gives an exclusive interview about her children’s book The Bench on US radio. The Duchess talked about Archie and Harry’s bond and the symbolic tribute to Diana in The Bench
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Meghan Markle, 39, gave her first interview since giving birth to her daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor this weekend. The Duchess appeared on US radio show NPR Weekend to talk about her children’s book The Bench.
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, opened up about her desire to write a children’s book that was inspired by observing the love and bond between her husband, Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and their first-born, Archie.
“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.
“I really hope that people can see this as a love story that transcends the story of my family.”
Meghan shared she bought Harry a bench for his first Father’s Day with a poem on a plaque. “This is your bench, where life will begin, for you and our son, our baby, our kin.”
Meghan continued, “As most of us do, you go, what am I going to get them as a gift?
The Duchess went on to reveal the hidden meanings and surprises that await both adults and children in the bestselling children’s book, The Bench. A symbolic tribute to Harry’s mother, Diana is represented in an illustration of a Forget Me Not flower, Diana’s favorite flower. Meghan enthusiastically talked about the choice of flower along with delightful details for children to spot throughout the book.
Award winning illustrator, Christian Robinson, who created the drawings for The Bench, joined Meghan Markle for the interview adding additional tidbits and facts about the book for fans to discover.
Christian was awarded a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and a Caldecott Honor for Last Stop on Market Street. The book also won the 2016 Newbery Medal for author Matt de la Peña who said of his process, “I know editors often want to keep writers and illustrators apart, but I feel this story really benefited from the fact that I knew Christian was going to be the illustrator. I printed out his piece with the boy on the bus with his grandma and had it next to me as I wrote the story. That piece set the tone, I think. I just followed it into the story.”
The interview broadcasted over American radio early Sunday morning, as fans in America woke up to Father’s Day.
You can listen to the interview in its entirety at: NPR Radio
To learn more about The Bench including how to purchase, visit: Amazon.com
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