The Duchess of Sussex is accused of deposing a British children’s author with her debut book The Bench.
In a statement announcing the book yesterday, Meghan Markle, 39, said her children’s book, which will be published by Random House on June 8, was inspired by a poem she wrote for Prince Harry at the time of the birth of their son Archie. .
However, Royal watchers have been quick to point out similarities between the story and a children’s book by Corrinne Averiss, The Boy and The Bench, which was released in 2018.
Both books seem to contain similar colorful illustrations and a story about the ‘special bond’ between a father and son while sitting on a couch together.
One Twitter user commented, “Almost identical to Corrinne Averiss book ‘The Boy On the Bench,’ even the cover.”
It comes as the sources have stated Vanity FairKatie Nicholl Meghan plans to write more books in the future and reveals, ‘She wanted to write a children’s book first and depending on its success there will be more. She also likes to write books for adults. ‘
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, has been accused of ripping off a British children’s author with her debut book The Bench
Corrinne Averiss’s book features similar illustrations of a father and son sitting on a couch together, and is described online as a ‘gentle, empathetic tale of overcoming fears and being yourself’
Another wrote: ‘I hope the author who defrauded her will sue her, this woman’s cheek! The Boy on the Couch by Corrinne Averiss. ‘
Corrinne’s book contains a story about a father and son who enjoy nature from a bench and their relationship with each other.
Online it is described as a ‘gentle, empathetic tale of overcoming fears and being yourself’.
Illustrations in the story, which was released months before Meghan gave birth to son Archie, include a father and son sitting on a bench together, as well as a bird’s-eye view of the duo together.
Royal fans were quick to point out similarities between the boys, suggesting that the covers, image, and story were “ nearly identical. ”
Meanwhile, other illustrations show a diverse group of children playing together.
Corrinne, who has spent much of her life working for children’s television as a producer and director for companies such as Ragdoll, CITV and CBeebies, has written several books for children.
According to her Amazon biography, she is also “drawn to themes of identity and connection” in her books and wants to “deliver great feelings with humor and tenderness.”
Meanwhile, Meghan’s book, The Bench, seeks to explore the ‘special bond between father and son’ in the same way as ‘seen through the eyes of a mother’.
An illustration from Corrinne’s book shows a bird’s-eye view of a father and son sitting together on a park bench (left), while Meghan’s new book has a similar view (right)
It is illustrated by best-selling California artist Christian Robinson, who called it a “ celebration of the father-son relationship. ”
A publicity release said Meghan, who chose to use her title on the cover of the book, wanted the story to be told through an “ inclusive lens ” and feature a “ diverse group of father and sons. ”
In one illustration, a red-haired soldier wearing an American-style army cap is seen holding his young son in the air while a woman watched it cry from a window. This is a likely reference to her and Harry, who served with the Blues and Royals in Afghanistan. The words were, “This is your bank, where life will begin, for you and our son our baby, our relatives.”
In another, a bird’s-eye view of a father and son resting together on a park bench.
Meanwhile, another illustration in Corrinne’s book, which came out in 2018, months before Meghan and Harry welcomed their son Archie, sees a father and son cuddling on a bench (left). The Duchess’s book contains a similar image (right)
Royal fans were quick to point out similarities between the two storybooks, with one person saying, ‘This was stolen from Corinne Averiss – The Boy on the Bench, check it out on Amazon.
‘The graphics and colors are almost identical. It is about as authentic as a three dollar bill. ‘
Another wrote, “Before you run and waste money on Harry’s wife’s book, read The Boy on the Bench by Corrinne Averiss and Gabriel Alborozo. The original.’
Meghan, who bore the pseudonym ‘Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’, announced in a statement yesterday: ‘The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.
According to Corrinne’s biography of the author on Amazon, she is ‘drawn to themes of identity and connection’ in her books and wants to ‘deliver great feelings with humor and tenderness’
That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations depicting the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this performance was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely together to portray this special bond through an inclusive lens.
“I hope The Bench resonates as well with every family, regardless of makeup, as it does with mine.”
Sources close to the Duchess have revealed that she has long been striving to write a children’s book and hopes to write more in the future.
They told Vanity Fair that the royal ‘loves to write’ and is ‘very good at it’.
Meghan, who bore the pseudonym ‘Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’, claimed that the inspiration for her story came from a poem she wrote for Harry when their son was born