Meghan Markle’s new book is better suited for adults than children and has a ‘very boring’ cover, according to a royal expert.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, revealed this week that she will be publishing her first book, called The Bench, which will hit shelves next month.
Inspired by a poem Meghan wrote for Harry on Father’s Day the month after Archie was born, the story explores the ‘special bond between father and son’ as being ‘seen through the eyes of a mother’.
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. ”
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, revealed this week that she’s publishing her first children’s book, called The Bench, which hits shelves next month (pictured with Archie and Harry in 2019)
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 sofa, where life begins, for you and our son our baby, our relatives.”
The book will go on sale on June 8 for £ 12.99 (although it has already been reduced to £ 9.99 at Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones) and is illustrated by bestselling California artist Christian Robinson.
Speak against Real royalty TV‘s The Royal Beat, Angela Levin – author of Harry: Conversations with the Prince – said the subject of Meghan’s story is “of no interest” to children.
Children’s books are aimed at children. They like elephants, they like pesky tigers. They don’t want a lecture on how different your relationship with your father is, no matter what level of society you are, ”she claimed.
The book will go on sale on June 8 for £ 12.99 (although it has already been reduced to £ 9.99 at Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones) and is illustrated by bestselling California artist Christian Robinson. Royal pundit Angela Levin burned his cover ‘very boring’
‘This is a book for adults, not children. Children are not interested in hearing all of that. It’s also a very boring cover. ‘
Discussing the titles Harry and Meghan use for their new ventures, such as the book, royal pundit Wesley Kerr added: ‘Her title is that she is the Duchess of Sussex.
“Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex” [the pen name Meghan has used for her book] is what a divorcee would use, so that’s pretty interesting to use that title.
‘It is very interesting to see their titles used in their many performances. When Harry appeared [at Vax Live] this week it was Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. ‘
It is not known if Meghan received an advance for the book and if part of the proceeds will be donated to charity, but a branding expert has suggested it would have already raised her £ 500,000 after a ‘bidding war for her first venture. to secure’. .
Angela Levin – author of Harry: Conversations with the Prince – told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat that the subject of Meghan’s story is “of no interest” to children.
Popular culture expert Nick Ede told FEMAIL that the Duchess of Sussex would likely have received an advance of £ 250,000 to £ 500,000 to write the book.
Levin also told the program that she regrets that the royal family has not been able to use up-to-date footage of Prince Harry and Meghan’s son Archie to celebrate his second birthday.
“I’m really sorry … they don’t have many photos of him turning into a toddler,” she said.
‘I was very sad because I think no matter what happened, your family should be able to see the picture of a child. Even if you don’t want them to have any influence, that one picture of him is like a little baby. ‘
During the episode, Levin praised the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘brilliant’ new media strategy, including the launch of a YouTube channel.
She said it helped make sure they could control press coverage, adding, ‘I think it’s brilliant because, as we know, Prince William hated the press based on how he thought they treated his mother .
During the episode, Levin praised the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘brilliant’ new media strategy, including the launch of a YouTube channel and their 10-year anniversary video (pictured)
“I think Catherine helped him by learning to photograph herself, by making the kids clap in front of the nurses and frontliners. So she kind of gives them up in the hope that they’ll leave them alone. And because they are so charming and so natural, people don’t want to hide behind a bush and take [photos] because the audience wouldn’t like it. ‘
Royal correspondent Russell Myers added that the new video of the Cambridges celebrating their 10th anniversary is a good move.
“At the end of the day, it’s PR … bringing in this family feeling, opening this window to the world so that you get just enough … and that’s why it’s a genius move on their part,” he told host Kate Thornton. .
They thank their supporters for more than 10 years of marriage, which is why they released it. But it says we’ll give you a little bit – but leave us alone for the rest. ‘
Kerr revealed that the Queen is still very active in carrying out her duties, something he suggested is ‘keeping her going’ after the loss of Prince Philip last month (pictured on a video link of Windsor Castle during a virtual audience at Buckingham Palace on April 27)
Talking about Prince William and Prince Harry and whether they will be together at the unveiling of their mother’s statue over the summer, Levin said: ‘It has taken them from 2017 to agree on how this statue should be designed and who it has to design, and it would be so sad if they weren’t really there to see the reveal. ‘
Meanwhile, Kerr revealed that the Queen is still very active in carrying out her duties, which he suggested to ‘keep her alive’ after the loss of Prince Philip last month.
‘[She is] meet ambassadors, [with] the ambassador in London [while] she’s in Windsor. She really enjoys that, ”he said.
She thinks it’s her duty. [She’s] still talking to the Prime Minister once a week, still twice a day with red boxes of dispatches, documents to sign, one in the morning and then a night box always ready the next morning.
“I think this routine is her life and partly keeps her going.”
The Royal Beat is available on True Royalty TV.