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Meghan Markle Revealed the Gift She Gave Prince Harry for His First Father’s Day
Meghan Markle Revealed the Gift She Gave Prince Harry for His First Father’s Day
It ended up inspiring her new children’s book.

Two years ago, Prince Harry celebrated his first Father’s Day, and to mark the milestone occasion, Meghan Markle opted to give him a very nontraditional gift. In a new interview with NPR on Sunday, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about her new children’s book, The Bench, and how the story was inspired by an actual bench she got her husband weeks after the couple welcomed Archie.


“As most of us do, you go, what am I going to get them as a gift?” Meghan said of her Father’s Day surprise. “And I thought I just wanted something sentimental and a place for him to have as a bit of a home base with our son.” On the back of the bench, Meghan wrote a poem about the moments she hoped they would share together as a family.


“This is your bench,” the poem reads, “Where life will begin / For you and our son / Our baby, our kin.” That poem eventually turned into a best-selling book that Meghan describes as a “love story.” She explained, “I often find, and especially in this past year, I think so many of us realized how much happens in the quiet. It was definitely moments like that, watching them from out of the window and watching [my husband] just, you know, rock him to sleep or carry him or, you know … those lived experiences, from my observation, are the things that I infused in this poem.”


Meghan added, “It’s really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and this trust so that, be at good times or bad, you know that you had this person.”


Earlier this week, Meghan took a break from her maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter, Lilibet Diana, to share a personal note about the book’s success on her and Harry’s Archewell Foundation website.

“While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I’m encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere. In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values,” she wrote in reaction to the news of The Bench becoming a New York Times best-seller. “Equally, to depict another side of masculinity – one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness – is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike. Thank you for supporting me in this special project.”




Meghan Markle Celebrates The Bench Becoming a Best Seller with a Personal Note
The duchess thanked those who supported the book’s release with a message on the Archewell website.


Meghan Markle Celebrates The Bench Becoming a Best Seller with a Personal Note
The duchess thanked those who supported the book’s release with a message on the Archewell website.


Duchess Meghan has a special message for those who helped her first children’s book, The Bench, become a New York Times best seller.

The Duchess of Sussex released The Bench on June 8, just four days after she and Prince Harry welcomed their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, into the world. Meghan said in a statement ahead of the book’s release that the story was inspired by the close relationship between her husband and her firstborn, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.



“While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I’m encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere,” Meghan wrote on the Archewell website, her and Harry’s nonprofit. “In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values. Equally, to depict another side of masculinity—one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness—is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike. Thank you for supporting me in this special project.”

The Bench, published by Random House Children’s Books, is illustrated by award-winning artist Christian Robinson and narrated by Meghan herself in the book’s audio edition. According to Meghan, Robinson helped bring to life the story that originally started as a Father’s Day poem written for her husband.

“Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor 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,” Meghan said previously in a statement. “My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex,white Disney princess,anti_blackness and middle_age white women

By https://twitter.com/TudorChick1501?s=09

So, many of my fellow Meghan Markle supporters and Sussexsquad members have been trying to understand why so many Meghan Markle trolls have turned out to be middle-aged white women from the U.S.

Let me break down my thoughts as why these women are so upset…..


The first thing most Meghan Markle supporters say is “They’re American!! Why do they even care who a British Prince marries?!!” To understand this, you need to realize that middle-aged white Americans were the first generation to be raised on Disney Princesses…

These women as children watched Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty all fall in love with, and be saved by handsome princes. As they grew up, many subconsciously expected their own lives to follow this narrative, at least in respect to finding Mr. Right.. .

Additionally, right around the time that many of these women were coming of age, Prince Charles and Princess Diana were getting married. Many of these American women saw this fairy tale wedding and marriage as confirmation that childhood dreams could become a reality.

It’s also important to understand that at this time, Ronald Reagan had recently been elected on the promise of restoring conservative values and American greatness. The U.S. had just come out of a brutal civil rights era, a failed Vietnam War, and the Iran hostage crisis…


So, Charles and Diana’s wedding did two major things for white American women at the time: 1. It showed an old, powerful, and white world power still holding prestige and tradition. 2. Made the childhood dream of marrying a prince and living happily ever after appear real…

These women got married and had children around the same time that Diana did. Their lives seemed to parallel. They saw a bit of themselves in Diana as their own marriages failed and they struggled to discern fantasy from real life issues and problems…

After Diana tragically died, many felt a strong connection to William and Harry. They placed on the boys the same dreams they had for their own children. They aspired again for the dream. If they and Diana couldn’t have it, maybe the boys could…

And the dream, for them, is the white Disney princess. Kate easily delivered this ideal in 2011, as was seen with this very popular image that circulated all over the internet after William and Kate’s marriage….

These women expected for Harry to one day do the same. But, alas, he didn’t. Instead, he fell in love with, and married a mixed-race American divorcee. Their dreams had been shattered…..

1. Because Meghan had been divorced. Disney princesses don’t get divorced! They are supposed to marry their first love and live happily ever after! 2. Because she is mixed-race…and this one is the big one… but probably not because of what you think……


Yes, some of these women are overtly racist. They just flat out don’t like people of colour, but I think the biggest reason that Meghan’s race is a such problem for these women is because it drags up racial sludge that permeates all of American society….

These women want “the dream” and divorce and blackness are a reality. Half of all marriages end in divorce. America has a long and sordid history of racial inequality and abuse. Meghan forces them to look at ugly truths in their own lives, while Kate still gives them the fantasy.


And Lord, these women are attached to the dream. They want the boys to have the perfect lives, wives, and children. William and Kate have been excellent at giving them exactly what they want. Until the last couple of weeks, they’ve seemed absolutely flawless in the press…

However, we’ve seen only realness with Meghan. From her awful half-sister, to her divorce, to her struggling as an actress, to her father selling pictures to the tabloids…we have only seen the real, and that infuriates these middle-aged white American women sold on “the dream”.

But their dream is their dream. They are entitled to it. To the rest of us, Meghan is an inspiration precisely because she is so very real. She is a beautiful new dream rooted in something very few dreams are….reality. ❤

And it’s important to remember that Not all white American women of age hate Meghan. Many, many love and adore her. I’m just trying to explain why so many older, white American women are so incredibly anti Meghan…

Credit/ https://twitter.com/TudorChick1501?s=09


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