Meghan Markle’s children’s book The Bench has done “very well”, even though it has entered a competitive market filled with established “big names”, a royal commentator has said. Dr. Tessa Dunlop said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in their “high dinner” while continuing to sign lucrative deals and establish their careers as public figures and activists.
In a speech to the Palace Confidential podcast, Dr. Dunlop: “The extraordinary thing is that it’s a really crowded market, the children’s book market – full of big names and super – talented writers.
“It’s done very well and it’s about the brand.
“Right now they’re at their high dinner – how long will it last? 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 to Prince Harry on his first father’s day.
The book is about the relationship between a father and his son told from the mother’s perspective, and has been illustrated with watercolor paintings by Christian Robinson.
In a press release, publishers said The Bench “captures touching the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways in which love can take shape and find expression in a modern family.”
After its release, it reached number one in the category of children’s picture books New York Times bestseller list and reached third place on the Amazon USA list.
The 37-year-old duke is to publish an “accurate and completely 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 husband and father.
The book, which is being ghost written by Pultizer award-winning author JR Moehringer, is set to hit bookshelves in the fall of 2022.
Since leaving the royal family, the couple have signed a number of lucrative deals, including a partnership with Netflix and Spotify, estimated to be worth over £ 100 million.
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 advertised as Impact Officers at the sustainable investment firm Ethic and have launched their own non-profit organization Archewell.