Although it started as a gift to her husband, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle transformed her children’s book, “The Bench,” into a story to which other families can relate. Because the “Remember Me” actor said she felt like there was not enough diversity when it came to characters in other children’s books when she was a little girl, her main goal was for “any family” to feel represented when they read the pages of her story.
“Growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented,” Meghan shared in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) host Samantha Balaban, published on June 20. “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.” Meghan added, “This story that I wrote for my husband and son could really be your story also.”
The release of Meghan’s No. 1 NYT Bestseller comes mere months after her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. During a two-hour CBS primetime special, Meghan — along with Prince Harry — opened up about their life as royal family members, as well as what it’s been like since their step back from the British monarchy in January 2020. In addition to detailing her thoughts of suicide and depression, the couple claimed allegations of racism within the royal family (via CNN).