Meghan Markle reveals Father’s Day gift to Prince Harry in first interview since Oprah


While Meghan Markle is honoring Father’s Day, the mother-of-two discussed her new kids’ book and shared some heartwarming memories with her husband, Prince Harry.

In an interview with NPR Weekend Edition, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that her new book, “The Bench,” was inspired by a poem she wrote to Prince Harry for Father’s Day 2019. That same year, the royal couple welcomed their first child, Archie.

During the discussion, Markle shared that she purchased Prince Harry a bench where her poem is featured.

“As most of us do, you go, what am I going to get them as a gift?” Markle said during the interview.

The NPR interview was currently recorded right before the Duchess of Sussex welcomed her daughter Lilibet Diana, whose name honors Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana.

“And I thought I just wanted something sentimental and a place for him to have as a bit of a home base with our son,” Markle said.

Currently, the back of the bench features a plaque where Markle’s poem can be found. “This is your bench,” the poem reads, “Where life will begin/ For you and our son/ Our baby, our kin.”

She then explained how the book is also a “love story.”

“I often find, and especially in this past year, I think so many of us realized how much happens in the quiet,” she said. “It was definitely moments like that, watching them from out of the window and watching [my husband] just, you know, rock him to sleep or carry him or, you know ... those lived experiences, from my observation, are the things that I infused in this poem.”

“It’s really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and this trust so that, be at good times or bad, you know that you had this person,” she added, that she made sure the book was as inclusive.

“Growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented,” she said. “Any child or any family hopefully can open this book and see themselves in it, whether that means glasses or freckled or a different body shape or a different ethnicity or religion.”

Since writing the book, she said it was inspired by a poem she wrote to her husband after the birth of baby Archie.

Harry and 2-year-old Archie are shown a couple of times in the book, and Meghan even included their newborn daughter.

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