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Entertainment Meghan reveals 'special detail' that pays tribute to Princess Diana 'tucked within' her new children's book

10:30  21 june  2021
10:30  21 june  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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A copy of © REUTERS/Henry Nicholls A copy of "The Bench", a children's book written by Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, is displayed at a Waterstones store in London, Britain, June 8, 2021.

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed the "special detail" hidden inside the pages of her new children's book that pays tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Meghan's first foray into children's literature is through The Bench, a story that began as a poem the duchess wrote to her husband.

"In this story, I'm observing this love between my husband and our son and imagining what it will be as they have more shared moments as our son gets older," Meghan told National Public Radio's Samantha Balaban for the series Picture This.

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"So from scraping a knee to having a heart broken, whatever it is, that they always reset at this bench and have this moment to bond."

Meghan said award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson included small details in the book that her son Archie would pick up on, and subtle nods to the late Princess Diana.

"Just all of those little Easter eggs or nuggets that are tucked within the book - I mean, there's a lot," Meghan explained.

"If people start digging, I think you can find sweet little moments that we've tucked in there, from my favourite flower, even my husband's mum's favourite flower, forget-me-not's - we wanted to make sure those were included in there.

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"There's a lot of special detail and love that went into this book."

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For Meghan's first Mother's Day in 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a photo of baby Archie's foot taken in front of a bush of Forget-Me-Nots.

The photo was posted to the couple's now-defunct Instagram account with the caption, "Paying tribute to all mothers today - past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honour and celebrate each and every one of you".

In her interview with US radio – the first since speaking with Oprah Winfrey in March - Meghan also revealed Archie has a "voracious appetite for books".

"And, constantly, when we read him a book, he goes, 'Again, again, again'," she said.

"But now the fact that he loves The Bench and we can say 'Mummy wrote this for you' feels amazing."

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The Bench also features illustrations that have led many to believe Meghan is trying to send a message about how Prince Harry really feels about having to give up his beloved military titles, which were a condition he and Meghan reached with Queen Elizabeth under their 'Megxit' deal in February.

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One of images shows a red-haired man dressed in Army fatigues running to hug his son, who has the same hair colour.

The book also features illustrations of Prince Harry and Archie feeding the family's chickens within the grounds of the family's Montecito mansion.

Meghan is shown holding her daughter Lilibet Diana in a baby sling while walking through the garden's vegetable patch.


Meghan Markle wearing a pink shirt: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in Sydney during the Invictus Games in 2018. © Getty Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in Sydney during the Invictus Games in 2018.


While the book opens and ends with depictions of Meghan's family, there is a diverse range of fathers and sons depicted throughout the story.

"This story that I wrote for my husband and son could really be your story also," Meghan said.

"You know, growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented.

"So 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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