In her new children
, "The Bench," Meghan Markle
included some meaningful gems.
Over the weekend, the Duchess of Sussex
spoke with NPR about some of the "Easter eggs" and nuggets she and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson hid within the pages, including a nod to the royal's late mother-in-law, Princess Diana
start digging, I think you can find sweet little moments that we’ve tucked in there, from my favorite flower, even my husband’s mum’s favorite flower, forget-me-nots, we wanted to make sure they were included in there,” Meghan said on NPR’s Weekend Edition’s “Picture This” segment.
“This book has a lot of special detail and love,” she added.
Meghan and Prince Harry
have previously paid tribute to Diana with forget-me-nots, with the duchess including the special flower in her wedding bouquet in 2018.
For a Mother's Day tribute in 2019, the two included the late princess's favorite flower in the background of an Archie
photo, and they also planted forget-me-not seeds at a school event in 2020, on the 23rd anniversary
of Diana's death
The duchess wrote “The Bench” based on a poem she wrote before Harry’s first Father’s Day with their son, Archie.
“As most of us do, you think, what am I going to get them as a gift?” the duchess said of trying to think of a gift for her husband and son. “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.”
The royal revealed to NPR that watching Harry and Archie together influenced the story's vignettes.
“You know, I often find, and especially this past year, I think so many of us realized how much happens in the quiet,” Meghan explained.
“In this story, I’m observing this love between my husband and our son and imagining what it will be like when they have more shared moments as our son grows older, so that from scraping a knee to having a heart broken, whatever it is, that they always reset at this bench and have this moment to bond.”
Despite all of the personal touches in the book, Meghan expressed her hope that “people can see this as a love story that transcends my family’s story.”
“It’s a love story,” she told NPR, “and it’s really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and trust so that, whether in good times or bad, you know you have this person.”