Meghan Markle defies Queen as Duchess of Sussex caught using title for ‘commercial gain’

Adil Ray and Susanna Reid discuss Meghan Markle's book

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Meghan Markle, 39, has written a children’s book inspired by the relationship between her husband, Prince Harry, and their son Archie. The Duchess of Sussex’s debut publication for youngsters is called The Bench and is about the special bond between a father and son as seen through a mother’s eyes, Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s UK announced. The book deal comes after the Sussexes signed a lucrative contract with Netflix and Spotify, rumoured to the worth more than £100 million.

Australia’s Sunrise correspondent Peter Ford said: “What was she going to do? She was either going to write a children’s book or country music songs.

“The book has already gone right to the top of the bestseller list based on pre-sales and orders.

“The thing about this is although it’s a nice feel-good thing to write a lovely children’s book, this is not being done for the Archewell Foundation. It’s not being done for charity.

“This money is going straight into her Glomesh which is why it gets very tricky when she starts putting on the Duchess of Sussex title on the book because this is for commercial gain and you cannot use a royal title for commercial gain.”

The illustrated publication will go on sale on June 8 and features work by award-winning artist Christian Robinson, with the duchess narrating the audiobook.

Meghan, who is expecting a daughter in the summer, said: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.”

The Queen stripped Meghan and Prince Harry from their royal patronages after they confirmed they would not return to their royal careers in February 2021.

In 2020, Her Majesty had also ordered the couple to end the usage of their Sussex Royal brand as royals have been customarily told to use their titles for work.

The Sussexes, who recently gave an explosive tell-all interview about the Royal Family, said they were cut off from the Royal Family funds following Megxit.

Meghan to release children’s book inspired by Harry and Archie

The Duke of Sussex claimed Prince Charles “literally cut me off financially” in the first quarter of 2020, and he went for the Netflix and Spotify deals to pay for his security.

But a BBC Radio 5 guest Ali Miraj has erupted at the couple for using their royal status for “monetary gain”.

Mr Miraj said: “It’s interesting the fact they want to go and make Netflix documentaries and hang out with Oprah and I’m fine with that.

“What I’m not fine with is using the Sussex royal’s brand to go and monetise it, that’s what I’m not comfortable with.


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“The Royal Family is one of the most prized brands on the planet and bits of that accrue to the UK nation as a whole.

“It’s not private to the Queen or anyone else, it accrues to us and if you then have a concept where you’re going to use that title for monetary gain, it doesn’t sit well with me at all.

“If they want to have a private life, fine. If they want to be woke celebrities, no problem with that.

“Dispense of your titles, renounce your titles, and just be Meghan Markle and Harry Mountbatten-Windsor. I’ve got no issue with that.”

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