Meghan Markle says she’s gifted Harry a bench for Father’s Day as she discusses new book
20th June 2021

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Meghan Markle has revealed that she marked her Father's Day by purchasing Prince Harry a bench with an inscribed plaque.

In an interview with producer Samantha Balaban on the NPR Weekend, recorded before the birth of her daughter Lilibet, the Duchess of Sussex, whose children's book The Bench recently became a New York Times bestseller, spoke fondly of the occasion.

"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," Meghan said.

She said that she wrote a poem for the small engraved plaque on the back of the bench, where she told Harry of her hopes to share happy memories with him as a family.

In particular, Meghan reflected on her hopes for Harry to share memories with their now two-year-old son Archie on 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 (Harry) just, you know, rock him (Archie) 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 a love story. 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. I really hope that people can see this as a love story that transcends the story of my family," Meghan, 39, continued.

The poem read: "This is your bench. Where life will begin/For you and our son/Our baby, our kin."

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