The illustrated story “The Bench” by Megan was released a few days after the birth of their second child with Prince Harry – the daughter of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
On the official website of her Archewell Foundation, Megan shared the news of the book’s success and thanked everyone who was involved in the creation of this project.
The Bench begins as a poem dedicated to her husband, Prince Harry, and tells the story of the bond that exists between him and their two-year-old son Archie.
Although this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I am pleased to see that universal themes of love are resonating in communities everywhere, Megan said about her story.
She also talked about what prompted her to write the book:
To portray the other side of masculinity based on connection, emotion, and gentleness is to model the world that many would like to see around their sons and daughters.
This project is very personal for the Duchess. The illustrations, created by animator Christian Robinson, whose portfolio includes cartoons for Pixar, clearly depict the royals as heroes.
This is a story about the special bond between father and son, seen through the eyes of a mother.
This is how Megan describes her book, not hiding the joy of the success she has caused.
In many ways, the pursuit of a more compassionate and just world starts with core values.
Such a philosophical attitude to life, finding joy in simple things, such as communicating with children, with society, with animals, is what inspires the Duchess for several years. These thoughts help her cope with the pressure on their family after the controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey. Moving to America, refusing to represent the royal family, a possible truce with the queen – a lot of events have happened in their family lately.
In her recent annual address to the Mayhew Foundation, which she supports, Meghan wrote:
When I think about 2020, I always come back to the importance of community and connections. We found new ways to be close and support each other in this shared crisis. For many of us, it became easier if we had our pets next to us.
Describing the events of the past year, including the global pandemic, as “a process of overwhelming grief, growth, and gratitude,” she noted the “therapeutic effect of having an animal nearby”:
We found a sense of consolation and comfort in their company.
Megan also supports the Smart Works Foundation, a British organization that helps unemployed people and women in difficult life situations to find work.