Meghan’s The Bench sales hugely overshadowed by Duchess’ Vogue issue and cookbook

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MEGHAN MARKLE’s debut children’s book The Bench has been overshadowed by the sales of her previous publications – a guest-edited edition of British Vogue and a cookbook to raise money for the Grenfell survivors – according to reports.

Referencing data allegedly shared on Publisher’s Weekly, royal watcher @UKRoyalTea claimed on Twitter that the book has only sold 30,000 copies more than a month after it was released.

The account claimed: “Kudos to M [Meghan] for staying on the bestsellers lists as long as she did, but she’s off now and only sold around 30,000 copies.

“Definitely not the volume expected for someone with her profile.”

The account also pointed out that this number was only 0.3 percent of the followers the couple accumulated on their shared Instagram account, @sussexroyal.

Meghan’s The Bench sales hugely overshadowed by Duchess’ Vogue issue and cookbook

Meghan’s The Bench sales hugely overshadowed by Duchess’ Vogue issue and cookbook (Image: Getty/ VaxLive)

The Bench, Meghan's children picture book, released in June

The Bench, Meghan’s children picture book, released in June (Image: Getty)

Despite being inactive since March 2020, the couple still have 10.2 million followers on this platform.

It was also hailed as the fastest-growing Instagram account when it was first launched in 2019, breaking the Guinness World Records as it gained one million followers in just five hours and 45 minutes.

But a more suitable comparison might be Meghan’s Together Cookbook, first unveiled in September 2018.

It made many headlines at the time, as it was her first major work as a member of the Royal Family.

Meghan at the 2019 launch of the Grenfell cookbook

Meghan at the 2019 launch of the Grenfell cookbook (Image: Getty)

The cookbook, called Together, included a foreword by Meghan

The cookbook, called Together, included a foreword by Meghan (Image: Getty)

It also made a staggering £557,638 for the Grenfell survivors of the Hubb Comunity Kitchen after the Royal Foundation invested £232,551 on refurbishing the kitchen of Al Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Trust, and on training and development schemes.

The cookbook sold 130,000 copies worldwide as of March 2019, and the income was reinvested by the Royal Foundation, while the women who worked on it gained 23 qualifications.

The following year Meghan amazed royal watchers again when she guest-edited British Vogue ahead for the September issue.

It was the fastest selling issue in the history of British Vogue and sold out in 10 days — making it the best-selling issue of the decade.

Meghan raised £557,638 for the survivors of Grenfell through her cookbook

Meghan raised £557,638 for the survivors of Grenfell through her cookbook (Image: Getty)

Meghan guest-edited the September 2019 edition of British Vogue

Meghan guest-edited the September 2019 edition of British Vogue (Image: Getty)

It was also the first time in the magazine’s 103-year history that a September issue was guest edited.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful also told Meghan: “You have an editor’s eye, I mean, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

However, there is still time for The Bench to pick up in sales, as it was published just weeks ago.

It’s worth noting British Vogue already had a solid audience base with a circulation number of 192,000 according to the statistics at the time, while its readership was approximately 861,000.

The Bench could also pick up over time, according to an expert in publishing.

Managing Editor of The Bookseller, Tom Tivnan, told The Mirror: “The aim is the long game as picture books tend to have a longer shelf life than adult titles.

Meghan speaking to British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful

Meghan speaking to British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful (Image: Instagram @sussexroyal)

“Meghan’s was the bestselling picture book of the week, though, as it sold 500 more copies than Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside.”

The Duchess’ work was also expected to be profitable for the publishers, Penguin Random House Children’s as they have the rights to sell the English language version around the world.

They may sell translation rights to other publishers too, meaning the book could yet become a global success.

The Bench was already released in the UK, Ireland, US, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa in honour of Father’s Day back in June.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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