Meghan Markle’s children’s book failed to crack the UK Official Top 50 chart during its debut week, according to a new report.
“The Bench” — which was released on June 8 — sold 3,212 copies in its first week, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday, compared to No. 1 book “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman, which sold 28,383 copies in the same time period.
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But Markle’s debut kids’ tome did become the UK’s best-selling picture book, according to the Daily Mail. As of Wednesday morning, “The Bench” was ranked at No. 5 in Children’s Books on Family Life on Amazon UK’s charts, and has a 4.5-star rating out of a total of 5, with 280 ratings.
“The Bench” originated from a poem Markle wrote for husband Prince Harry on Father’s Day following the May 2019 birth of their son, Archie, and details the “special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes,” according to publisher Penguin Random House.
“My hope is that ‘The Bench’ resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine,” Markle previously said in a statement.
It also features an illustration of Meghan and Prince Harry’s newborn daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana, as well as a drawing of Harry and Archie, recognizable with their red hair, feeding the family’s rescue chickens. A red-headed soldier resembling Harry is also pictured in the book.
California artist Christian Robinson created the illustrations.