"The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born," Markle revealed in a statement. "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 makeup, as much as it does with mine."
The EVP and publisher for Random House Books for Young Readers Group, Mallory Loehr, expressed how thrilled she is for the Duchess of Sussex's debut into the literary world.
"Meghan's touching text explores the relationship between fathers and sons and undeniably tugs at the heartstrings that parents and caregivers feel," Loehr said in a statement. "Christian's art beautifully matches the tender emotion of Meghan’s words, and every spread is infused with a vibrant sense of joy and love. The Bench is timeless—it feels destined to become one of those books that people will be reading for generations to come."
As recently as last week, it was reported that the Duchess of Sussex held a virtual roundtable featuring a variety of young women who are making an impact in their schools and communities and honoured female changemakers.
"The Duchess believes girls' voices can and should be heard, and through Archewell she focuses on providing them with the platforms, tools, and forums to help define a path forward and continue making an impact," according to the official website for Meghan and Prince Harry's non-profit organisation, Archewell.