Meghan Markle’s close friend, Oprah Winfrey, has been revealed as the giver behind the children’s story Archie read in his birthday video yesterday.
Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, have released a video in which the Duchess Duck is reading! Rabbit! Yesterday to Archie to celebrate the youngster’s first birthday, with the storybook with an Archie’s Book Club sticker clearly on the cover.
Now a surfaced video has revealed how the media mogul often gives her boyfriend’s kids a set of ‘100 essential stories’ with the personalized stickers.
Mindy Kaling spoke to Stephen Colbert on The Late, Late Show in March 2018, explaining how Oprah had given her and her daughter 100 of the ‘essential children’s books’ and described how each book contains a small ‘Katherine’s Book Club’ sticker.
Oprah, 66, has grown close in recent years with both Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, as well as friends of Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland.
Meghan Markle’s, 38, close friend Oprah Winfrey, 66, is said to have donated little Archie a huge collection of children’s books, including the Duck! Rabbit! story that the Duchess read in the family video released yesterday
Mindy appeared on the Stephen Colbert show in March 2018, revealing how the media mogul had given her a huge collection of books shortly after the birth of her daughter.
In the re-surfaced clip, the actress, who starred with the media mogul in A Wrinkle in Time, explained, ‘Oprah’s gift to me was a hand-carved bookcase filled with 100 of the essential children’s books of all literature.
Each book had a small sticker saying ‘Katherine’s Book Club’, like Oprah’s book club.
“The bookshelf was carved into an old castle.”
Media mogul Oprah has grown close to both Meghan and Prince Harry, 35, attending their wedding in May 2018 (photo)
Oprah previously told Access Hollywood that she had a ‘standard present’ for expectant parents, revealing, ‘Honey, I have a standard present that I make for people I really care about. I don’t know the baby’s name or the baby’s gender, but this baby has enough books to last a lifetime! ‘
Meghan and baby Archie’s video, filmed by Prince Harry, was posted yesterday to celebrate his first birthday for a Save the Children campaign. The family celebrated the occasion at their new California home.
A spokesman for Harry and Meghan said the couple wanted to highlight the important issue on Archie’s birthday.
The spokesman said, “The family is participating in the campaign in both the US and the UK to provide much-needed support to children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Archie’s Book Club sticker was clearly seen on the cover of the storybook in yesterday’s video when Meghan and the little royal family read together
A close-up of the blue and white striped sticker reads ‘Archie’s Book Club’ and its initial
“While celebrating this family moment, the Duke and Duchess wanted to continue raising awareness about the urgency to bring food and learning materials to millions of children.”
The sweet video, which was filmed in California last weekend, was met with great excitement by royal fans, who noticed how Archie looked at the same age as Harry, 35.
One posted: “OMG he’s Prince Harry’s doppelganger!” Another wrote, “Archie is Harry’s mini me.”
In the video, Archie is dressed in a simple short white romper, while Meghan is dressed in a loose denim shirt, which she adorned with a stack of beaded bracelets.
Hollywood actress Mindy Kaling revealed in March 2018 that Oprah donated her 100 essential children’s books to her daughter Katherine with an almost identical sticker
The 40-year-old worked with Oprah on the movie Wrinkle in Time and later revealed that the media mogul gave her daughter Katherine the ‘essential children’s books’ (photo Mindy and Katherine)
Royal fans noted in the new video how much baby Archie looks the same age as his father Prince Harry (see right)
Archie has a full head of hair and wears a T-shirt in the video, while Meghan, 38, shines in a casual denim blouse
Meghan read with an arm around her son, who seemed interested in moving, and tried to keep Archie interested by making duck noises and nuzzling his face.
Earlier this year, reports emerged that Oprah had helped advise Meghan and Prince Harry on leaving their post as senior members of the royal family, but she denied the claim.
In September, it was confirmed that Prince Harry had partnered with Oprah on a new series of streaming services from Apple TV Plus that focused on mental health.
The media mogul also attended the royal wedding in May 2018 as the couple’s guest.
A book that teaches a lesson about right versus wrong and different points of view
A D! Rabbit! was written by the American author and short filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal (photo)
Meghan’s choice for Duck! Rabbit! suggests an early desire from the Duchess to teach her son to see both sides of an argument.
The story, published in 2009, features two unseen people debating whether the creature to them is a duck or a rabbit, each with arguments to plead their case. The book was read in the White House in 2010 during the Easter Egg Roll.
It is written by the American author and short filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who published more than 30 children’s books between 2005 and her death in 2017.
She is the only author to have three children’s books make the list of best children’s books for family literacy in the same year and is best known for her memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.
Rosenthal, who had three children, was a regular contributor to TED and lectured at TEDxSanDiego 2011 and at TEDxSMU 2012. She held her first and most famous TED talk ‘Notes on Life’ at TEDxWaterloo in Canada in 2010.
Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Hallmark Magazine, Parenting, O: The Oprah Magazine and McSweeney’s. Her website whoisamy.com was voted one of the best official author websites alongside Barbara Kingsolver and Stephen King.
Rosenthal announced on March 3, 2017 that she was terminally ill with ovarian cancer, through an essay entitled Modern Love, published in the New York Times. The essay took the form of a dating profile for her husband Jason, intended to help him remarry after her death. She died at her Chicago home 10 days later.