Meghan's story explores the bond between fathers and sons as seen through a mother's eyes

By Stephanie Petit
May 11, 2021 02:27 PM
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Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle may not have looked far for inspiration when it comes to her first children's book.

Earlier this month, the Duchess of Sussex announced that her children's bookThe Bench — which explores the bond between fathers and sons as seen through a mother's eyes — will be published on June 8.

Then on Saturday, Meghan appeared in a pre-recorded video message for Global Citizen's VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World sitting on a bench in her backyard in Montecito, California — leading some fans to believe that very spot led to her writing the story.

Meghan and Prince Harry have appeared on the same bench for various appearances over the past year, starting with their first primetime TV appearance in September to celebrate TIME magazine's annual list of the world's most influential people. 

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Meghan appeared on the bench again in December, this time solo to honor frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic for CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.

Meghan's book is inspired by a Father's Day poem she wrote for Prince Harry The couple are parents to son Archie, who just turned 2, and are expecting a baby girl this summer.

"The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born," Meghan said in the press release from publisher Random House Children's Books. "That poem became this story."

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, has authored and will publish on June 8, 2021, her first children’s book, THE BENCH
Meghan Markle's new children's book, The Bench
| Credit: Random House Books for Young Readers

During Saturday's appearance, Meghan spoke about getting equal access to the COVID vaccine for the safety of everyone around the world.

"We've gathered tonight because the road ahead is getting brighter. But it's going to take every one of us to find our way forward. As campaign chairs of Vax Live, my husband and I believe it's critical that our recovery prioritizes the health, safety and success of everyone, particularly women who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic," said Meghan.

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"Women, and especially women of color, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out. Since the pandemic began, nearly five-and-a-half million women have lost work in the U.S. And 47 million more women around the world are expected to slip into extreme poverty," she continued.

"My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter. It's a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and the support to lead us forward," Meghan said. "Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up, and set all of us up, for a successful, equitable, compassionate tomorrow. We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger. That as we rebuild, we rebuild together. Thank you."