Meghan to release children’s book inspired by Harry and Archie
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Yesterday it was announced Meghan is set to publish a children’ book about the special bond between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes. The book, titled The Bench, is inspired by her husband Prince Harry, and their son, Archie. The Bench will be published in just a few weeks time, on June 8.
But the Duchess has been criticised for “exploiting” her royal links by featuring the Duchess title on the cover.
Piers Morgan has led the charge against Meghan, writing a damning column on the issue for the Daily Mail.
He wrote: “Yet when it comes to flogging her book, what author name does Meghan Markle use?
“Ah, of course: ‘Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex.”
He added: “Yes, she continues to cynically exploit her royal titles because she knows that’s the only reason anyone is paying her vast sums of money to spew her uniquely unctuous brand of pious hectoring gibberish in Netflix documentaries, Spotify podcasts or children’s books.
“Of course, her equally cynical publishers don’t give a damn about any of this shocking double standard.”
The former GMB host has frequently criticised Meghan and Harry for continuing to use their royal titles despite stepping down as senior royals.
Last year he accused the couple of capitalising on their royal titles.
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He told Express.co.uk: “If they want to be truly free and independent they have got to drop their titles.
“It seems to me they want to have their royal cake and eat it.
“They want to have all the commercial buyer power of being the Duke and Duchess of Sussex without any need to do any of the dirty little jobs.”
As part of their Megxit agreement, the Queen allowed Meghan and Harry to keep their royal titles and are still officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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But the couple are not allowed to use their HRH titles.
Confirming her new book The Bench on Tuesday, Meghan 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.”
She went on to say: “My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make-up, as much as it does with mine.”
The press statement, by publisher’s Random House, described the Duchess of Sussex as a “mother, wife, feminist, and activist” who “currently resides in her home state of California with her family, two dogs, and a growing flock of rescue chickens”.
The story will be accompanied by images from the award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.
The Duchess will also voice an audio version of her book.
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