The Duchess of Sussex wrote The Bench after being inspired by Prince Harry’s relationship with the couple’s son Archie. The book celebrates the relationship of a father and son through the eyes of the mother. While well received by customers on Amazon, it was panned by critics.
Critics have suggested it was “bland” with “no story”, with one branding it a “self-help manual for needy parents”.
Meanwhile, two royal commentators analysed Meghan’s contribution to the published work a bit differently.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers acknowledged that some reviews had been “unkind” and that it had performed better on the Amazon US list than the Amazon UK list, perhaps reflecting Meghan’s personal popularity.
However, he also noted that Meghan only wrote 169 words and suggested that not much can really be said about it for that reason.
Ms Gripper said she thinks the words are “secondary” to the illustration in picture books anyway.
That said, they liked the “sentiment” of the book, which is all about cherishing the connection between parent and child.
Ms Myers said: “I know some of the reviews have been unkind, I think it’s done better on the Amazon US list than on the Amazon UK list for sure.
“The words are often secondary ‒ 169 words, what’s that? That’s a four par stick in the paper I…