New book is ‘love story’ in ‘good times or bad’

The Bench is ‘a love story’, says the Duchess of Sussex (Picture: AP/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle has revealed her new children’s book is about growing with Prince Harry in ‘good times and bad’.

In her first and only interview on the book, named The Bench, the former actress described the work as ‘a love story’.

She told NPR: ‘It’s really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and this trust so that, be at good times or bad, you know that you had this person.

‘I really hope that people can see this as a love story that transcends the story of my family.’

Meghan revealed she had the idea for a poem after buying the duke a bench for his first Father’s Day.

She wanted ‘something sentimental and a place for him to have as a bit of a home base with our son’.

A plaque on the back of the bench read: ‘This is your bench. Where life will begin/For you and our son/Our baby, our kin.’

The book was inspired by watching Harry in ‘quiet moments where he would rock their child to sleep or carry him’.

Editorial use only. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Domic Lipinski/PA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10231477r) Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex pose together with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in Windsor Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex new baby photocall, Windsor Castle, UK - 08 May 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019 (Picture: Domic Lipinski/PA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Meghan Markle hopes the book ‘transcends the story of my family’ (Picture: AP)

Inclusivity and representing different families were two of the main things on Meghan’s mind while creating the book.

She wanted to include a military family after going on tour with the United Service Organizations (USO) in 2014.

She said: ‘Growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented.

‘Any child or any family hopefully can open this book and see themselves in it, whether that means glasses or freckled or a different body shape or a different ethnicity or religion.’

Christian Robinson, who illustrated the picture book, said he was in ‘complete disbelief’ when the duchess emailed him to work together. He told NPR: ‘For me it was a no-brainer.’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had a turbulent few years in the public eye after stepping down from the Royal Family and moving to the US.

Meghan spoke to NPR shortly before the birth of her daughter, Lilibet Diana.

The little girl’s name spurred a row, with Meghan and Harry forced to shoot down allegations they hadn’t asked the Queen for permission to use her nickname.

Her Majesty is said to be changing her press policy to allow the Royal Family to respond to ‘mistruths’.

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