Meghan Markle (39), the Duchess of Sussex, will release her first children’s book next month. ‘The Bench’ will be in the shops on June 8, it was announced on Tuesday.

“The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day”

The book is about the special bond between a father and son, seen through the eyes of a mother. The story is inspired by her own family and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

“ The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, a month after Archie was born,” Meghan says of the book. She worked closely with Robinson, who, according to the Duchess, created beautiful illustrations for the story.

Prince Harry’s wife has also voiced The Bench audiobook .

Meghan is not the first in the British Royal Family to write a children’s book. Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, released several over the years.