eghan, The Duchess of Sussex, has written a children’s book about the special bond between father and son—as seen through a mother’s eyes.
The book, called The Bench, is inspired by her own husband, Prince Harry, and son, Archie.
“The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” the Duchess said in a statement.
“That poem became this story. Christian [Robinson] layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor 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.”
Publishers Penguin RandomHouse said the book “touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family”.
“Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, The Bench gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons—moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort,” a statement said.
The book will be released on June 8.
The Duchess will narrate an audiobook edition, to be released in the US and Canada by Listening Library; and in the UK by Penguin Random House UK Audio.
The Bench is illustrated by Caldecott-winning and bestselling artist Christian Robinson and will be published by Random House Children’s Books in the US, Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada; and Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s UK, in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.