The Duchess of Sussex has written her first children’s book, to be published next month and inspired by Prince Harry and their son Archie.
In a statement Meghan said The Bench, set for release on 8 June, explores the “special bond between father and son as seen through a mother’s eyes”. The story has pictures by the award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson and will be published by Penguin Random House. Meghan will also narrate the audiobook edition.
The duchess, 39, said the picture book started as a poem she wrote for Harry on Father’s Day the month after Archie was born.
She said: “Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour 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 to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.
“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”
Images of the book released ahead of its publication include the cover, a watercolour picture of a bench and birds under a tree.
Another from inside the book appears to depict Meghan, Harry and Archie, with a boy being lifted into the air by a dad in military uniform as a woman weeps from the window. Words accompanying the picture read: “Looking out at My Love and our beautiful boy. And here in…