Meghan did not see various characters in books as she grew up. She hopes ‘The Bench’ will change that
The Duchess mentioned that “rising up, I bear in mind a lot the way it felt to not see your self represented,” in an interview with Nationwide Public Radio’s (NPR) Samantha Balaban.
“So any little one or any household hopefully can open this guide and see themselves in it, whether or not which means glasses or freckled or a distinct physique form or a distinct ethnicity or faith,” Meghan mentioned.
Whereas the guide opens and ends with depictions of Meghan’s household, there’s a various vary of fathers and sons depicted all through the story.
Earlier this yr Meghan and her husband Prince Harry sparked a heated dialog about racism, the British tabloid press and the royal household following their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan’s guide was revealed final month. It’s impressed by Prince Harry and their son Archie Harrison, and is about relationships between fathers and sons, depicted in quiet moments spent on benches.
Meghan mentioned that “particularly on this previous yr,” towards the backdrop of a world pandemic, that “so many people realized how a lot occurs within the quiet.”
“So, on this story, I am observing this love between my husband and our son and imagining what it will likely be as they’ve extra shared moments as our son will get older,” she mentioned.
“From scraping a knee to having a coronary heart damaged, no matter it’s that they at all times reset at this bench and have this second to bond,” Meghan added.
The guide emerged from a poem and bench that Meghan gave Harry for his first Father’s Day. The interview, to be aired Sunday, marks the couple’s second Father’s Day.
Their daughter was named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose household nickname is Lilibet. Her center identify, Diana, was chosen to honor her late grandmother.
Meghan mentioned award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson included small particulars within the guide that her son Archie would decide up on, and refined nods to the late Princess Diana.
“I believe you’ll find candy little moments that we have tucked in there — from my favourite flower, even my husband’s mother’s favourite flower, forget-me-nots,” mentioned Meghan.
“We needed to ensure these had been included in there. There’s a whole lot of, a whole lot of particular element and love that went into this guide,” she added.
Harry and Meghan had been married in a lavish wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, three years in the past.
They stepped again from their roles as senior working royals final yr, relinquishing their HRH titles, and now dwell in Santa Barbara, California.