Meghan Markle pays tribute to Diana with sweet nod to favourite flowers in children’s book

Meghan Markle pays tribute to Diana with sweet nod to favourite flowers in children’s book

 

Meghan Markle made sure there were plenty of “sweet little moments” in her first children’s book, including one to her mother-in-law Princess Diana.

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed how The Bench was inspired by the relationship between Harry and their first-born Archie.

Featuring illustrations by Christian Robinson, The Bench, was released on June 8 and is already a New York Times bestseller.

The poem features illustrations of Meghan’s family including a red-haired father and his toddler sitting on a bench, surrounded by their dogs.

Meghan has revealed the book is full of personal touches, including a subtle nod to the late Princess Diana.

Meghan told NPR : “I think you can find sweet little moments that we hid in there – of my favourite flower, even my husband’s mom’s favorite flower, forget-me-nots.

“We wanted to make sure those were included in there. There are many, many special details and love that went into this book.”

That also meant including the family’s rescue chickens.

“I needed my girls in there.”

The book also includes a military family inspired by a sergeant from Texas who Meghan met on a USO tour.

In The Bench a mother stands at a window and cries tears of joy when a father in a military uniform greets his son outdoors.

Meghan said: “That page is true to form for him and his family. There are lots of little small moments like that that were personal memories or anecdotes that I wanted infused in there.”

The Bench was released four days after Meghan gave birth to Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry and Meghan now live in California after quitting as frontline royals last year.

Writing for her and Harry’s Archwell Foundation, she said: “While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I’m encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere.

“In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values.

“Equally, to depict another side of masculinity—one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness—is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike. Thank you for supporting me in this special project.”

Earlier today the Mirror reported that Harry and Meghan’s son Archie may never be a prince as Prince Charles tries to slim down the eye-watering cost of the monarchy to taxpayers.

The first in line to the throne is reportedly set to cull fringe members of the family, as he believes the public are fed up of footing the bill for hangers-on.

This has reportedly infuriated Harry and Meghan, who are said to have learned about the decision shortly before their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

A source told the Mail on Sunday : “Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never be a Prince, even when Charles became King,”

The newspaper says the decision has plunged relations between the Sussexes and the royals to a “dangerous new low”.

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