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Meghan Markle raises eyebrows with ‘rescue chickens’ reference in debut book bio

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

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The Duchess of Sussex’s debut is inspired by the “special bond” of Prince Harry and their son Archie Harrison. Titled The Bench, it will be published on June 8 by Penguin Random House Children’s Books.

The publisher has released the Duchess’ author bio, which features a sweet nod to their two dogs and “growing flock of rescue chickens”.

The bio reads: “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, is a mother, wife, feminist, and activist.

“Through the nonprofit work of the Archewell Foundation, she and her husband are committed to activating compassion in communities across the world.

“She currently resides in her home state of California with her family, two dogs, and a growing flock of rescue chickens.”

Royal fans took to Twitter to comment on the chickens, which made an appearance during Harry and Meghan’s recent interview with Oprah Winfrey.

One tongue-in-cheek user queried: “Rescue chickens – didn’t she cook a roast chicken for Harry when they started dating?”

Another person quipped: “The chickens should watch out.

“Harry and Meghan roasted a chicken one of their first dates.”

Meghan, who also narrated the audiobook version of the story, recalled her inspiration.

She said in a statement: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.

“That poem became this story. My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make-up, as much as it does with mine.”

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The Duchess also used her statement to praise artist Christian Robinson, who illustrated the book.

Meghan added: “Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life.

“This representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.”

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