Meghan Markle has received some bad news just days after giving birth to her daughter Lilibet, when her children’s book “The Bench” failed to top the UK bestseller list on the day of its release.
Meanwhile, her sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s photography book, which debuted at number two on the bestseller list the day it was released, is still flying high on the list weeks later.
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According to the Daily Mail, Meghan’s first book, “The Bench,” was inspired by a poem she penned for Prince Harry on his first Father’s Day after the birth of their son Archie. The goal of the book is to investigate the “unique link between father and son” as “viewed through a mother’s eyes.”
Meghan dedicated the book to Harry and their son, describing them as “pump-pump” in her heart. “When life feels in chaos, you’ll help him find order,” she wrote with a drawing of a father and son playing together.
Unfortunately for Meghan, critics have trashed the book, with Claire Allfree of The Telegraph calling it as “semi-literate.”
She said, “One wonders how any publisher could have considered appropriate to publish this grammar-defying series of badly rhyming cod homilies, let alone believe any youngster anywhere would want to read it.” “However, there is planet Sussex for you, where even raising a family is all about the brand.”
According to Alex Connell of The New York Times, the book is a “self-help manual for desperate parents.”
“The story [is] so devoid of action and peril that you wonder if it was written by a piece of furniture…” Connell went on.
Meghan’s book did not make it into Amazon’s top 200 bestsellers, coming in at number 205 and number 60 on the list of bestselling children’s books.
The fact that Kate Middleton’s photography contest book “Hold Still” surged to the top of the bestseller list on the day it was released, becoming the second highest-selling book out of all titles on Amazon, would make this even more embarrassing for Meghan.
“When they are two years old, it is extremely simple to talk about father-son relationships,” royal biographer Penny Junor told The Sun. “However, issues arise as the children grow older, as Meghan discovered with her father and Harry with Prince Charles.”
“Once again, we have Meghan and Harry’s hypocrisy in saying one thing but not doing it,” she remarked. “It’s difficult to write about a boy, a son, or a father when you haven’t spoken to your own father in years. It’s very remarkable.”