Meghan Markle's children's book The Bench has done "very well" despite it entering a competitive market full of established "huge names", a royal c
Meghan Markle’s children’s book The Bench has done “very well” despite it entering a competitive market full of established “huge names”, a royal commentator has said. Dr Tessa Dunlop said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in their “high noon” as they continue to sign lucrative deals and establish their careers as public figures and activists.
Speaking to the Palace Confidential podcast, Dr Dunlop said: “What’s extraordinary is that it’s a really crowded market, the children’s book market – full of huge names and super talented writers.
“It’s done very well and that is about the brand.
“At the moment, they’re at their high noon – who long it will last for? Who knows.”
The Duchess of Sussex’s first children’s book was published by Penguin Random House and hit bookshelves on June 8, a few days after she and her husband welcomed their second child, daughter Lilibet Diana.
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Meghan was inspired to write the poem as a gift for Prince Harry on his first Father’s Day.
The book is about the relationship between a father and his son told from the perspective of the mother, and has been illustrated with watercolour paintings by Christian Robinson.
In a press release, the publishers said that The Bench “touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family”.
Following its release, it reached the number one position on the children’s picture books category of The New York Times Best Seller list and reached third position on the Amazon USA list.
The 37-year-old Duke is set to release an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life, which will cover his childhood, his career in the army and the Royal Family as well as his new role as a husband and father.
The book, which is being ghost-written by Pultizer prize-winning author J. R. Moehringer, is set to hit bookshelves in the autumn of 2022.
Since leaving the Royal Family, the couple have signed a number of lucrative deals, including a partnership with Netflix and Spotify that is estimated to be worth over £100million.
Over the coming years, they will produce a range of “informative” and “uplifting” content for the streaming giants, which will include both scripted and non-scripted series.
They have also been announced as Impact Officers at the sustainable investing firm Ethic and have launched their own non-profit organisation Archewell.