‘Children won’t be remotely interested’ in Meghan Markle’s female ‘lens’ in The Bench

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The Duchess of Sussex’s first children’s book, ‘The Bench’ features a number of drawings featuring fathers and sons including her own husband Prince Harry and their firstborn Archie. The book, which was released today in the UK, has received mixed reviews so far with some praising it as “inspiring”. However, royal commentator Angela Levin has claimed today’s children would not be interested in seeing a father and son relationship through a “mother’s eyes”.

Ms Levin, who authored Harry: Conversations with the Prince, tweeted: “I have read Meghan’s one sentence per page book The Bench.

“It took less than 5 mins. I cannot see how young children will be remotely interested in a female ‘lens’ stating how a dad and his son get on.

“The drawings though are charming.”

The book has sparked mixed reviews on Amazon.co.uk with ratings polarised between five-star, 74 percent, and one-star, 22 percent.

One reviewer wrote: “Beautiful story, beautifully written. My son and his dad’s favourite.

“Duchess Meghan is such a good writer. The illustrations are amazing.”

Another reviewer on Amazon said: “A story that is inspiring. Would highly recommend.”

A third person, who gave the book five stars, wrote: “Received our kindle copy this morning (hardback due tomorrow), it’s a sweet story with beautiful illustrations, read it to my nearly two year old and he sat quietly (very rare) and loved the pictures.

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“It’s a beautiful sentimental children’s story, well done Meghan.”

Another commented: “I find the way the book explores the relationship between father and son through the mother’s eyes very warm and cute.

“The illustrations are also wonderful. I am going to gift it to my husband on Father’s Day.

“Also after seeing it I think I am going give a copy to a friend who is expecting a boy as a baby shower gift.”

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Waterstones Falkirk on their Twitter page said the book was “a heartwarming celebration of enduring love between fathers and sons, combining inspiring rhyming texts with the beautiful watercolour illustrations Christian Robinson.”

A Twitter follower of Waterstones added: “It is truly beautiful! A book of love, kindness and compassion and so inclusive.”

The book is illustrated by award-winning artist Christian Robinson.

The drawings in the book show a ginger-haired man helping a young boy feed chickens.

In another picture a dark-haired woman stands in a garden cradling a baby, thought to be the couple’s daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana, who was born on Friday.

Meghan dedicated the book to “the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump”.

A description on Amazon describes the book as “beautifully capturing the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes”.

The description added: “The book’s storytelling and illustration give us snapshots of shared moments that evoke a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion.”

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