Illustrated by Christian Robinson, Markle's picture book includes a series of heartwarming stories that depict the special bond between fathers and sons, as seen through a mother's eyes. And according to Markle, it was inspired by Prince Harry and Archie.
She said in a press release, “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born. That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens. My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”
Clearly, Markle's book had quite an impact on readers. Back in June, The Bench became a New York Times bestseller.
On the Archewell Foundation website, Markle shared a personal thank-you note to everyone for their support. 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.”
Here's hoping we'll get another best-seller from the duchess in the future.
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