Since leaving the Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have demonstrated their willingness to jump into a wide range of different fields. From the three strands of their Archewell organisation (encompassing a charitable foundation; their Netflix production partnership; and an audio venture with Spotify), to when Meghan narrated a Disney+ documentary, and two recent new jobs for Prince Harry (with BetterUp and the Aspen Institute) – the pair are nothing if not prolific. Now it’s been announced that the Duchess has authored her first children’s book, due for release next month.
According to a press release, The Bench is about ‘the special bond between father and son – as seen through a mother’s eyes.’ The story was inspired by Meghan’s own experience with her family, raising Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who turns two on 6 May, with her husband. Explaining the genesis of the work, Meghan stated: ‘The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born… That poem became this story.’