Meghan Markle’s first children’s book, The Bench, has failed to make it onto Amazon’s Bestseller List as well as not having made it to the top 200.
What does this mean for the future of Meghan’s career as a children’s author?
The Bench was released globally earlier today (June 8th) and over the last few months, Meghan has been eagerly promoting her first-ever children’s book.
The book is dedicated to “the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump,” a touching reference to Prince Harry and their 2-year-old son Archie.
The Bench’s final illustration features a ginger-haired man helping a young boy feed chickens while a dark-haired woman stands in a garden cradling a baby – possibly a nod to their newborn daughter, Lili.
The debut book was reportedly inspired by a poem Meghan wrote for Harry on his first father’s day, just a month after Archie was born…
And it explores the “special bond between father and son’ as ‘seen through a mother’s eyes.”
Anticipation has been high for the release of the book…
But sadly, Meghan’s 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, according to Daily Mail.
Critics have also panned the book, with The Telegraph’s Claire Allfree calling it “semi-literate” and writing:
“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.”
Meanwhile, The Times‘ Alex Connell described it as a “self-help manual for needy parents,” adding:
“The story [is] so lacking in action and jeopardy you half wonder if the writing job was delegated to a piece of furniture.”
Of course, it’s true when they say there’s no such thing as bad press!
And we’re sure Meghan’s book is as beautiful and sentimental as it has been portrayed over the last few weeks.
You can order a copy for $14 here on Amazon.com.