LOS ANGELES (AP) – Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, releases her first children’s book, rooted in the relationship between Prince Harry and their son, Archie.
Random House Children’s Books announced Tuesday that “The Bench” will be released on June 8th.
It will be illustrated by award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson and Meghan will narrate the audiobook edition. The book features a diverse group of fathers and sons and moments they share, according to a statement announcing its release.
The book originated from a poem Meghan wrote for Harry for their first Father’s Day after Archie’s birth, the statement said.
“That poem became this story,” said Meghan. Christian is layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that convey the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this performance was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely together to portray this special bond through an inclusive lens. “
The book is one of several projects Meghan and Harry have announced since leaving their royal duties in early 2020. Meghan, the actor formerly known as Meghan Markle, narrated the Disney wildlife movie ‘Elephant’ and the couple has a Netflix deal. Their first project for the streaming service focuses on the Invictus Games, a competition for sick and wounded soldiers and veterans defended by Harry.
Archie will be 2 years old on Thursday. Meghan and Harry are expecting their second child, a girl later this year.
Robinson wrote and illustrated ‘Another’ and ‘You Matter’, and won the honors from Caldecott and Coretta Scott King for his art in ‘Last Stop on Market Street’.