Meghan using Duchess of Sussex on new book ‘laughable after wanting to cut ties’

A royal expert has said Meghan Markle using Duchess of Sussex on her new children's book is 'laughable' as she 'wanted to cut ties' with the royal family.

Meghan, 39, announced the news she had penned her picture book, The Bench, after originally writing it from a poem she gave to Harry's first Father's Day with Archie.

The news of the book was posted online on May 5 ahead of its publication with Random House Books on June 8.

Illustrated by Christian Robinson in striking watercolors, the story is about the relationship between a father and son seen through a mother's eyes, and the duchess was inspired by Harry and son Archie, who turns two years old today, (May 6).

But Angela Levin had said the use of any title in this context is "ridiculous".

"The fact that she wants to cling on to her royal title and the book is written by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is laughable," the Prince Harry biographer told The Sun.

"Because they wanted to get away from the Royal Family, they hated the Royal Family – they felt trapped.

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"They didn't like it, they wanted freedom and they’ve got freedom. You can’t have everything you want like that."

Angela went on to say that "you don't use your royal position to make commercial gain" and not many people "sign a book with their titles".

She said it was "ridiculous" as people write their name and they should know 'who they are'.

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However, since the news of Meghan's new venture, it has come to light that several members of the royal family have used their titles on their published work.

Princess Michael of Kent, who married Prince Michael – a grandson of George V and first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II – has written several books on European royalty and listed her name as 'Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent'.

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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, also uses her name and full title in her books, from her children's book, autobiography, and cookery books.

Prince Charles also listed HRH The Prince Of Wales for his kid's book, The Old Man of Lochnagar, published back in 1980 in aid of The Prince's Trust charity.

Of her new venture, Meghan said: "The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born. That poem became this story.

"Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour 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.

"My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make up, as much as it does with me."

Meghan and Prince Harry can still be referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after being given the titles as a wedding gift.

The pair stepped down as senior royals to start a new life in America in 2020.

Meghan Markle and Harry, 36, sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview about their life as royals before leaving the UK.

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