Meghan Markle’s Book The Bench Lands No. 1 Spot On NY Times’ Children’s Book List

Meghan Markle’s children’s book, The Bench, might have bombed in the UK but it’s doing very well on her home turf.

In fact, a new report says that the Duchess of Sussex’s book, which is based on a Father’s Day poem that Meghan wrote for her husband, Prince Harry, has landed on the number one spot for the Children’s NY Times bestsellers list. That’s not too shabby at all, right? Here’s what you need to know.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the announcement on their official Archewell website with a statement that said, “The Bench, is #1 on The New York Times Bestseller list for children’s picture books after being released just last week. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project.”

The Bench was released on June 8 in partnership with Random House Children’s Books in the US, Tundra Books and Puffin in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.

While the Duchess of Sussex is enjoying her Stateside success with her first ever children’s book, The Bench is already considered a huge flop back in the UK. It sold a little over 3,000 copes during its first week. In comparison, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman sold over 28,000 copies in the same time period.

Back in May, the Duchess of Sussex explained that her new book was inspired by a poem that she wrote for Harry shortly after the birth of their son Archie Harrison back in May of 2019. The young tot turns 2 this coming Thursday.

The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” Meghan said in the press release from publisher Random House Children’s Books. “That poem became this story.”

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