Meghan Markle recently gave an interview to NPR about her new book “The Bench.” While it is the latest interview after the birth of her second child and her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, but no one seemed to care. There was coverage about it but it was rather minimal.
Is Meghan already seeing her influence and interest in her waning? It seems likely.
Perhaps it’s because this publication tends to follow the British newspapers and reports, but no one seemed all that interested in covering Meghan’s latest comments on her generally panned and seemingly boring book, “The Bench.”
It’s probably because Meghan didn’t say anything interesting.
“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.”
Christian Robinson, the wonderful illustrator behind the book, received notification from the publisher asking, “Would you like to work with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex?”
Without that intro, would he have worked on her rather pathetic book. The answer should be no.
“I wanted him to just try something a little bit new and work in watercolor,” says Meghan. “And that was specifically because I just felt that when you talk about masculinity and you talk about fatherhood, it can often not come across with the same softness that I was really after for this book. And I just wanted this to feel almost ethereal and light and Christian was able to use that medium and create the most beautiful images.”
Meghan goes on to say, “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.”
That’s if any child actually reads her book, which is not written for children but for adults and her fans. If she really thinks the bland book is of interest to children, then the public should generally question how much time she actually spends with hers.
Also, what’s with her obsession about freckles?
It’s recently been revealed, for an unknown reason, that Meghan’s first book was written as a child about her freckles. I don’t really have any freckles, but I’ve never found it weird if someone has them. But it’s been revealed that she has this rather strange obsession, with the former actress even supposedly writing some sort of little book and submitting it to the Copyright Office about her freckles.
Perhaps a bit of insecurity on her part? Who knows, the revelation is just another random leak from the leaky Sussex ship.
“It’s a love story,” Meghan explains. “It’s really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and this trust so that, be it good times or bad, you know that you had this person. I really hope that people can see this as a love story that transcends the story of my family.”
She does realize it’s a children’s book, right? That it’s marketed to children, who would not know what to do with a mature love story between a parent and child as she’s describing.
But either way, the interview didn’t make much of a splash, much like her book. While she supposedly made the New York Times Bestsellers list, it’s rather questionable as the publisher and author could buy copies in order to inflate the book’s sales.
Though I have no evidence, I would guess that’s what happened in Meghan’s case.
While she may have been impressed with her first publications, most of the public wasn’t.