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13:52  23 june  2021
13:52  23 june  2021 Source:   starsinsider.com

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A children's book written by the Duchess of Sussex more than two decades ago is getting a new lease of life after it was recently unearthed online.

In the book, Meghan describes having freckles as being an integral part of her identity even if some people think they are "strange".

A Face without Freckles... Is a Night Without Stars was written by Meghan when she was in high-school.


a close up of a person talking on a cell phone: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, with her freckles on show during the royal tour of South Africa in 2019. © Getty Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, with her freckles on show during the royal tour of South Africa in 2019.


Fast forward to 2021 and Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex, has published her second children's book The Bench.

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That was widely believed to be Meghan's first foray into children's literature.

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But Meghan dabbled with book writing when she would have been aged around 13 or 14, in the 8th grade at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.

According to the back of the book, it was penned by Meghan as a school project.

One of the pages features a drawing of a young girl with curly hair and freckles with the text: "Some people think freckles are strange, while I happen to disagree, because if I didn't have my freckles, then I would not truly be me!!!"

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The cover of the book was shared in a tweet by American Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress.

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On the back of the book there is a school photo of Meghan and a description of her which says the young student "wishes to continue writing throughout high school".

It continues: "[Meghan] wants to take a moment to thank her 'mommy' and 'daddy' who gratefully spent their time and effort supporting her".

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According to Hayden's tweet, Meghan submitted the work to the US Copyright Office in 1996.

She had applied for the phrase "a face without freckles is night without stars" to be copyrighted.

The phrase may have come from her now-estranged father Thomas Markle, who used to say it to her as a child, The Sun reported in 2019.

Meghan has previously spoken about her love for her freckles and had instructed her makeup artist to not cover them up on her wedding day.

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Daniel Martin, who was behind Meghan's fresh-faced look, said Prince Harry had thanked him for making his wife look natural on their big day.

Martin said: "After the ceremony Harry kept saying thank you.

"He was thanking me for making her look like herself."


a woman sitting on a table: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. © Getty Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.


And in a past interview with Allure magazine Meghan said: "To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot".

Meghan's latest book, The Bench, has become a New York Times bestseller just weeks after it was published on June 8.

In a recent interview the duchess revealed she had deliberately hidden special details to the late Princess Diana, including her favourite flowers forget-me-nots.

The book also features illustrations of Meghan wearing a pair of Princess Diana's butterfly earrings she first wore in Sydney in 2018, and drawings of Prince Harry and their two children Archie and Lilibet Diana.

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