Meghan Markle has dedicated her new children’s book to Prince Harry and son Archie, saying they make her heart beat faster.
The moving inscription in the book, taken from a handwritten note in the Duchess of Sussex’s signature calligraphy, reads: ‘To the man and boy who make my heart beat.’
The £12.99 book The Bench will be published on Tuesday, but copies are already on sale.
Meghan, 39, has said the 34-page illustrated story was inspired by a poem she wrote for her husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born, and that it is about “a diverse group of fathers and sons.”
Meghan Markle (right) has dedicated her new children’s book to Prince Harry and their son Archie
There are several drawings of Harry and Archie, along with their two dogs and rescue chickens.
Best-selling California artist Christian Robinson, who was raised in a one-bedroom apartment by his grandmother, drew the images featuring a red-haired soldier holding his son aloft while a woman weeping watches from a window, likely a reference to 36-year-old Prince. Harry’s military service.
Below it reads: “And here in the window I shall have tears of great joy; Looking at My Love and our beautiful boy.’
The heavily pregnant Meghan, who will give birth every day to the couple’s second child, a daughter, will record the accompanying audiobook.
According to reports, she could have received as much as £500,000 in advance for the book, but could earn millions more if it becomes a bestseller, as expected.
Meghan said: ‘The Bench started out as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born. 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.
An illustration from her book that may be a nod to Harry’s days in the armed forces
“I hope The Bench resonates with every family, regardless of make-up, as much as it does with mine.”
The book’s cover describes the Duchess as “wife, mother, feminist and activist,” adding that through the work of their charity, the Archewell Foundation, “she and her husband are committed to activating compassion in communities across the world.” worldwide’.
The conclusion: “She currently lives in California with her family, two dogs and a growing herd of rescue chickens.”
Photographer Gray Malin, a friend of the Duchess, posted photos of the book to his 35,400 Instagram followers on Friday after receiving an advance with a handwritten note: “From one parent to another – all my family’s love for the yours. As always, Meghan.’
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hold their son Archie during a visit to Cape Town
He unveiled a never-before-seen illustration of Prince Harry and baby Archie walking hand in hand. The Mail on Sunday bought a copy from a bookstore in Los Angeles.
There is plenty of speculation on social media that the Duchess may have already given birth to her second child. One fan wrote: ‘With the new book and Father’s Day approaching’ [June 20]”Wouldn’t it be nice if she already had the baby and waits to announce it when the book comes out?”
Grandpa who? Joker Edward makes fun of that interview
By Jonathan Bucks
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie jokingly turned down the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s great interview with Oprah Winfrey by asking, ‘Oprah who? What conversation?’
But in their first major interview since they married in 1999, the couple insisted that despite recent controversies with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Windsors remained a family “no matter what.”
They also reflected on Prince Philip’s death, with Edward describing how the coronavirus restrictions had created an “extremely strange” funeral and a poignant moment “when everything stopped”.
‘Oprah who?’: The Wessexes joked about Harry and Meghan’s controversial Oprah interview (above)
Sophie told The Daily Telegraph that the family was still reeling from the Duke’s death and that the couple’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, “still expect Grandpa to arrive in his green Land Rover.” ‘.
Edward said the Queen had been busy since Philip’s death and added: ‘The work is not something you can run away from, it just goes on relentlessly.’
When asked if they’d seen the interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, they chuckled, with Sophie jokingly saying, “What interview?” Edward added mischievously, “Oprah who?”
Sophie, 56, also revealed that she enjoyed a ‘prolonged chat’ with Harry after Philip’s funeral in April. “We are still a family, no matter what happens, we always will be,” she said.
The pair also reflected on their more prominent role within the monarchy as the Sussexes and Prince Andrew, Duke of York retired from royal duties
The couple said they were “flattered” to take on a more prominent role in a slimmed-down monarchy since Harry and Meghan’s move to California.
Recalling the Duke’s funeral, Edward, 57, said: ‘It was extremely strange to walk into St. George’s Chapel and find the nave completely empty. It was very moving to be there, because it was suddenly so very intimate.’
Sophie said she was influenced by the image of the Queen grieving in seclusion while sitting alone in the chapel due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“Seeing Her Majesty alone . . . it was very moving.”