'What Can You Really Say About It?': Royal Experts Diss Meghan Markle's Children's Book, Claim Her Words Are 'Secondary' To Illustrations

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Jun. 29 2021, Published 12:14 p.m. ET

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Fans of the royal family aren't taking kindly to Meghan Markle's first children's book, The Bench, which was released earlier this month.

The mother-of-two explained that her work started as a "love letter" to Prince Harry and their 2-year-old son Archie, but "Pod Save the Queen" podcast hosts Ann Gripper and Russell Myers likened the 40-page project to a waste of time.

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"I know some of the reviews have been unkind, I think it’s done better on the Amazon US list than on the Amazon UK list for sure," noted Myers. "But it’s a 169-word book, so what can you really say about it?"

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"I don’t know whether I read too much into it," he continued. "I like the sentiment behind it, I like the place of having a space to connect with your child or parent, but I’m not sure I’ll be purchasing it — I didn’t get sent one, to be honest."

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Myers' cohost agreed with his words. "I love illustrations in children’s books, they’re my favourite thing," she said. "The words are often secondary — 169 words, what’s that? That's a four par stick in the paper I think."

The pictures were created in watercolor by Caldecott-winning artist Christian Robinson.

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"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 stated after the exciting news broke. "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."

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