Watch Meghan Markle read aloud her children’s book “The Bench”


Meghan Markle made a video of herself reading her children’s picture book The bench, which she dedicated to Prince Harry and his son Archie.

The Duchess of Sussex gave a short introduction, tapping illustrator Christian Robinson, before reading her entire New York Times Bestseller.

On Brightly Storytime’s Youtube channel, she said: “I am Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, and today I am going to read you my book called The Bench.

“It’s illustrated by Christian Robinson and I asked him to do something special for me and use watercolors, which is not the normal medium he works in, but he did it to make that even more special.

“I hope you like the pictures as much as you like the words. I wrote this for my husband and our son Archie and then turned it into a book for you to enjoy.”

The bench started life as a poem Meghan wrote for Prince Harry on their first Father’s Day, when Archie was still newborn in June 2019.

That day, they posted a photo of Archie holding Prince Harry’s finger to their former Sussex Royal Instagram account.

The message read: “Happy Father’s Day! And I wish the Duke of Sussex a very special first Father’s Day!”

When Meghan launched her children’s book in June, she said: “The bench started out as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.

This poem became that story. Christian layered beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons of all walks of life; this depiction was especially important to I, and Christian and I have worked closely to describe this special bond through an inclusive lens.

“My hope is that The bench resonates in all families, whatever their makeup, as much as mine. “

After the book became a bestseller, she said in a statement, “While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I am encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusion resonate in communities around the world.

“In many ways, the search for a more compassionate and just world begins with these core values. Likewise, portraying another side of masculinity, one based on connection, emotion and gentleness, is like modeling a world. that so many people would love to see for their sons and daughters.

“Thank you for supporting me in this special project.”

Meghan Markle speaks alongside Prince Harry during the Global Citizen Live Festival in Central Park on September 25, 2021 in New York City. She did a video playback of her children’s book “The Bench”.
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