Meghan Markle is opening up in another interview.
On Father's Day, the Duchess of Sussex appeared on NPRWeekend Edition to talk about her best-selling children's book The Bench, which was inspired by her husband, Prince Harry, and his relationship with their son, Archie Harrison.
The full episode is definitely worth a listen, but here are some highlights from the interview to hold you over until you have time to absorb the whole interview yourself.
On the real Father's Day gift that inspired The Bench:
In the interview, Meghan revealed that The Bench was inspired directly by the Father's Day gift she bought for Prince Harry in 2019—an actual bench with a plaque containing a poem she penned herself: "This is your bench / Where life will begin / For you and our son / Our baby, our kin."
"As most of us do, you go, what am I going to get them as a gift? 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."
On the details from her and Harry's life that made it into The Bench:
"I often find, and especially in this past year, I think so many of us realized how much happens in the quiet. 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."
On why it was important to her to make the book inclusive:
"Growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented. 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."
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