The Duchess of Sussex‘s book, which was inspired by the relationship between her husband Prince Harry and their son Archie, was released earlier this month. And Meghan has opened up about her publication in a new interview with NPR.
“I really hope that people can see this as a love story that transcends the story of my family.”
The former actress told the radio station: “It’s a love story. It’s really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and this trust so that, be at good times or bad, you know that you had this person.
Meghan revealed she bought Harry a bench for his first Father’s Day with a poem on a plaque which read: “This is your bench, where life will begin, for you and our son, our baby, our kin.”
She said of the present: “As most of us do, you go, what am I going to get them as a gift?
“And I thought I just wanted something sentimental and a place for him to have as a bit of a home base with our son.”
The Duchess discussed how she penned the book after watching Harry and Archie together.
She said: “I often find, and especially in this past year, I think so many of us realised how much happens in the quiet.
“It was definitely moments like that, watching them from out of the window and watching [my husband] just, you know, rock him to sleep or carry him or, you know … those lived experiences, from my observation, are the things that I infused in this poem.”
And Meghan spoke out about the illustrations, by award-winning artist Christian Robinson, of different families in The Bench.
She said: “Growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented.
“Any child or any family hopefully can open this book and see themselves in it, whether that means glasses or freckled or a different body shape or a different ethnicity or religion.”
The book is dedicated to “the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump”, a touching reference to Harry and two-year-old Archie.
The Bench begins and ends with illustrations which show a glimpse of the Sussexes’ idyllic life in California where they moved after quitting royal duties last year.
The first picture features a bearded ginger father – who bears a strong resemblance to Harry – cradling a smiling baby on a bench under a tree along with two dogs.
The book’s final illustration is of a ginger-haired man helping a young boy feed chickens while a dark-haired woman stands in a garden cradling a baby, in a sweet nod to their newborn daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana.
Other pictures include a black father asleep on a bench holding his son closely and a father and son both wearing pink tutus while performing ballet poses.
A father using a wheelchair also features in The Bench, along with a father and son wearing turbans.
Another illustration shows a weeping woman watching through a window as a soldier, in army combat uniform, throws his son in the air, apparently having returned home.