A royal author has slammed Meghan Markle for having an ulterior motive for her new children's book, The Bench.
Safe to say, this has seriously divided opinions. Here's the full story...
Now, since the former actress married Prince Harry in 2018, she has been thrown into the spotlight in ways she could have never imagined.
It's been an eventful few years, to say the least.
Meghan and her husband have since formally stepped down from their positions as senior royals...
And they are currently residing in Los Angeles where they're raising their son, Archie, and expecting their second child.
But, recently, they decided to speak out about their experiences with the royal family and British press in the last few years.
In March, the world watched on in shock as the couple dished the dirt upon the monarchy to their friend and neighbor, TV powerhouse Oprah Winfrey.
It's the interview that everyone was talking about.
Their 2-hour-long interview aired on CBS on Sunday, March 7th, and viewers watched on in shock as some mind-blowing allegations were made against the monarchy.
Meghan Markle was SUICIDAL and the royal family DENIED her mental health treatment, but she persevered and her open… https://t.co/LP4k18eJ42— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon MD)1615170646.0
It was claimed that senior members of the family had refused to get Meghan professional help when she was experiencing suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy with Archie.
Meghan also addressed that incident with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
Headlines were made in 2018 when Meghan allegedly "made Kate cry" in a row about bridesmaids' dresses in the days before her and Harry's wedding - well, in her chat with Oprah, Meghan claimed that Kate was the one to make her cry.
Though she did stress that Kate had apologized and that she had "forgiven her."
Harry then explained that he "had to get out," though when he did he was "cut off financially" when he and Meghan needed help the most...
He also added that they've since been relying on his inheritance from Princess Diana.
"I was totally cut off financially. My family cut me off – if I didn't have what my mom left me, we wouldn't have been able to do this."
"All I wanted to do was keep my family safe."
Meghan then insisted that they never had any plans at first to quit the U.K - she said the intention was to "do this forever" and that she told the royal family to "use me as much as you like."
Meghan then addressed the ongoing issues of racism within the monarchy.
Meghan claimed an unnamed senior member of the Royal family raised "concerns" about how dark Archie's skin would be before his birth.
She implied that this "concern" was the reason Archie wasn't given a royal title...
Because, as we all know, Archie isn't actually a prince.
She said this:
"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time... So we have in tandem the conversation of 'he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title,' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."
Quite predictably, opinion was well and truly divided over the interview...
@Cleavon_MD All I can say is that I completely understand. My heart and soul goes out to her. 💔❤— Sunshine, MPH 🏳️🌈🔭🔬☣ (@Sunshine, MPH 🏳️🌈🔭🔬☣)1615174762.0
With a vast majority feeling sympathetic for Harry and Meghan over what they've allegedly endured in the last few years.
But on the other hand...
Another lie exposed, they're coming thick and fast: https://t.co/lImQ73Dw33— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1615213212.0
People have been slamming the pair for agreeing to take part in Oprah's interview and have even been brandishing them as "liars"... Including Meghan's most vocal critic, Piers Morgan.
But since the interview, further news has surfaced about Markle's moves for the future.
Including a brand new children's book.
The Bench, set to launch next month, explores the "special bond between father and son [...] seen through a mother's eyes."
It's said to be inspired by a poem Meghan had written for Harry on Father's Day after Archie's birth.
According to reports, Meghan tells the tale through an "inclusive lens."
The reports also claim that she intends to feature a "diverse group of father and sons."
It's even illustrated with images of a red-headed soldier...
With Meghan herself set to voice the audiobook.
"This is your bench, Where life begins, For you and our son, our baby, our kin," it opens.
"The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born. That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens."
Well, not everyone is too convinced by the sentiment behind Meghan's book.
According to royal biographer Phil Dampier, the children's book actually hints at how unhappy Prince Harry - who served a decade in the military and 2 tours in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2008 - is to have lost his military titles.
Speaking to The Sun, Dampier elaborated:
Today's top story: @PenguinUKBooks signs a debut picture book by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex - The Bench 'touchingly… https://t.co/MGEK3jO6M5— BookBrunch (@BookBrunch)1620207180.0
"The illustration of a red-haired soldier (obviously you know who) hugging his little boy, looks as though he has come home from war after many years and pulls at the heart-strings. Mom is in tears as she looks through the window, and sees her husband returning from battle to pick up family life once more."
"It's a scenario familiar to so many military couples separated by conflicts... But of course, it wasn't a reality for Harry, who was in a different relationship when he served in Afghanistan."
"Rather, Meghan is probably showing how much the Army meant to Harry and how upset he is to lose his military titles."
And according to Dampier, the book is just another way for the couple to express their feelings on the matter.
"The Queen decided he could not be half in and half out of the Royal Family, and therefore he could no longer continue with his honorary associations, including being Captain-General of the Royal Marines,' he claimed. "For Harry, who put his life on the line and then founded the highly successful Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women, losing the titles was the bitterest part of 'Megxit'."
The Bench will be published on June 8th by Random House Children's Books and will be illustrated by bestselling Californian artist, Christian Robinson.