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The Truth Behind The Images In Meghan Markle’s Book The Bench

For the illustrations in Meghan Markle’s children’s book “The Bench,” the Duchess of Sussex asked Christian Robinson, a renowned and award-winning illustrator and animator, to bring the poem to life. He’s best known for critically acclaimed picture books like “Milo Imagines the World” and “Last Stop on Market Street,” according to his Simon & Schuster publisher’s site. He told NPR it was a “no-brainer” to say yes to working with Meghan on “The Bench.”

Together they devised an “ethereal and light” aesthetic for the book in a medium that Robinson doesn’t often use, per NPR. Usually, the artist works with acrylic and cut-out pieces of paper, but Meghan wanted him to use watercolors for “The Bench” images, which contains illustrations of Archie and Prince Harry, as well as BIPOC families and military families. 

“Growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented,” Meghan told NPR. “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.”


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