A first look at Meghan Markle’s children’s book The couch has revealed several illustrations of Prince Harry and son Archie – including one feeding their chickens while the Duchess is in the garden with her dogs, and another featuring a father and his son in pink ballet tutus.
Meghan and Harry’s daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who arrived Friday and was announced to the world yesterday, is also stepping up to her mother’s latest project.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, announced last month that the book is inspired by a poem she wrote for her husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born, and that it will explore the “special bond between father and son” as ‘seen through a mother’s eyes’.
It has been released in Australia before launching tomorrow in the UK, with delighted fans from around the world taking to Twitter to share the news.
It’s not known if Meghan has received an advance for the book or if some of the proceeds will be donated to charity, but a branding expert previously suggested it could have already brought her £500,000 after a “bidding war over her first venture.” to secure’ .
Meghan Markle’s children’s book The Bench features illustrations of Prince Harry and son Archie feeding their chickens while the Duchess is in the garden with her dogs (pictured)
The children’s book also includes a drawing of a father and his son in pink ballet tutus (photo)
The first illustration in the book is of Prince Harry and baby Archie walking hand in hand.
The duke, recognizable by his red hair and beard, was seen in a gray polo shirt and blue jeans.
The royal has been seen wearing a similar outfit while in Los Angeles with Meghan, as well as during his time as a royal.
Meanwhile, the illustration of the Duke can be seen looking down at his son, who is pictured wearing a green top and blue shorts.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, announced last month that she would be releasing the book, saying it was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born, and that it marked the “special bond between father and son” will investigate. as ‘seen through the eyes of a mother’
It’s not known if Meghan has received an advance for the book or if some of the proceeds will be donated to charity, but a branding expert previously suggested it could have already brought her £500,000 after a “bidding war to her first venture.” to secure’
The children’s book, which will be published on June 8 by Random House Children’s Books, is illustrated by bestselling California artist Christian Robinson, who was raised by his grandmother in a one-bedroom flat that he also shared with his brother, two cousins, and aunt.
A publicity note 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 for there to be a “diverse group of father and sons.” Meghan will also be sharing the audiobook which costs $4.99 – which, along with the hardback version, could earn her millions from sales.
A previously released illustration shows a red-haired soldier in a US army cap holding up his young son while a woman looks on from a window, crying.
This is probably a reference to her and Harry, who served with the Blues and Royals in Afghanistan. The words were: ‘This is your couch, Where life begins, For you and our son, our baby, our relatives’.
The royal, who went by the pseudonym ‘Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’, said in a statement: ‘The Bench started out as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.
In an illustration in The Bench, a red-haired soldier in a US army cap is seen holding up his young son while a woman cries from a window (pictured)
That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation 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 with every family, regardless of make-up, as much as it does with mine.”
Nick Ede, a popular culture expert, told FEMAIL that the Duchess of Sussex would likely have received an advance of £250,000 to £500,000 to write the book.
In writing a children’s book, she follows in the footsteps of fellow royal Sarah, the Duchess of York, who has produced her own money-making series, Princess Michael of Kent, and even Prince Charles, who wrote a children’s book called The Old Man of Lochnagar in 1980 to raise money for the Children’s Trust.