Meghan previously revealed that the book blossomed from a Father's Day poem she wrote for her husband

By Stephanie Petit
June 08, 2021 11:13 AM
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Meghan Markle's first children's book is here - and she included her entire family, including newborn daughter Lilibet Diana!

The Bench, which explores the bond between fathers and sons as seen through a mother's eyes, was released on Tuesday. Prince Harry and their 2-year-old son, Archie, make several appearances in the illustrations, but eagle-eyed fans noticed that the couple's second child wasn't left out.

The book's final illustration appears to be inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's lives in California, with Harry sitting on the bench feeding chickens with Archie. A woman wearing a sun hat, representing Meghan, stands in a garden with baby Lili (as they plan to call her) in a sling!  

Even the family's beloved animals were included: the scene shows their two dogs, a beagle named Guy and a black Labrador named Pula.

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Meghan Markle
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The Bench
The Bench by Meghan Markle
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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
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Meghan, 39, references her many animals in her biography in the back of the book.

"Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, is a mother, wife, feminist, and activist," it says. "Through the nonprofit work of the Archewell Foundation, she and her husband are committed to activating compassion in communities across the world. She currently resides in her home state of California with her family, two dogs, and a growing flock of rescue chickens."

The Bench
The Bench by Meghan Markle
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During their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Meghan and Harry revealed that they were expecting a baby girl.

"To have a boy then a girl - what more can you ask for?" Harry, 36, said.

They also shared they won't have any more children following their baby girl's arrival: "Two is it."

In a May press release announcing the book, Meghan explained that the book was inspired by a Father's Day poem she wrote for her husband.

"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."

The Bench
The Bench by Meghan Markle
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The Bench
The Bench by Meghan Markle
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Meghan dedicated the book to Prince Harry and Archie: "For the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump," it reads, written in Meghan's recognizable calligraphy-inspired penmanship.

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Meghan isn't the first member of the royal family to debut a children's book. In 1980, Prince Charles published The Old Man of Lochnagar, which tells the story of an old man who lives in a cave in the cliffs surrounding the royal estate at Balmoral in Scotland, where the Queen spends her summer vacation. Sales from the book went to the royal's charity, The Prince's Trust.

Sarah Ferguson also penned a popular children's series about Budgie the Little Helicopter. It was later turned into an animated TV show.