Ouch! That hurt!
Only days after her daughter Lilibet arrived in this world, Meghan Markle has been facing criticism regarding her children’s book “The Bench”.
Namely, the book failed to make the bestseller list in the United Kingdom on the day of its release.
On the other hand, the photography book of her sister-in-law Kate Middleton reached number two on the day of its release, and weeks after it came out, it is still soaring high on the bestseller list.
According to Daily Mail, The Bench,” which is Meghan’s first book, was based on a poem that she wrote for her husband Prince Harry for his first Father’s Day after the birth of their son Archie.
The aim of the book is to look into the “special bond between father and son” as “seen through a mother’s eyes.”
Markle dedicated it to her husband and their son, claiming that they make her heart go “pump-pump.” Alongside a drawing of a father and son playing together, she wrote:
“When life feels in shambles, you’ll help him find order.”
Yet, the book has been panned by critics, with The Telegraph’s Claire Allfree describing it as “semi-literate.”
“One wonders how any publisher could have thought fit to publish this grammar-defying set of badly rhyming cod homilies, let alone think any child anywhere would want to read it. But that’s planet Sussex for you, where even the business of raising a family is all about the brand.”
According to The Times‘ Alex Connell, the book was a “self-help manual for needy parents”:
“The story [is] so lacking in action and jeopardy you half wonder if the writing job was delegated to a piece of furniture…”
The book has failed to make Amazon’s top 200 bestsellers, reaching just 205 in the charts and number 60 on the list of bestselling children’s books.
This is an additional embarrassment for Markle, regarding the fact that a few weeks ago, Kate Middleton’s photography contest book “Hold Still” skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller list on the day that it came out, becoming the second highest-selling book out of all titles on Amazon.
Weeks later, this book is still on the bestseller list at number 113.
Moreover, numerous people saw a hypocrite in Meghan, since she wrote a children’s book about fathers, while she has long been estranged from her own father, Thomas Markle.
Royal biographer Penny Junor said:
“It’s very easy to talk about relationships between fathers and sons when they are two years old. But problems come when the children are older — as Meghan found out with her father and Harry with Prince Charles.”
Angela Levin, Harry’s biographer, agreed:
“Once again we have the hypocrisy of Meghan and Harry saying one thing but not doing it themselves. I don’t know how you can write about a boy, a son, or a father when you haven’t spoken to your own father for years. It is extraordinary.”