Following an explosive start to the year for Meghan Markle, she recently revealed a brand new book launch - but it's not been without its controversies...
The new book is called The Bench and is set for release on June 8th...
It was born out of a poem Meghan wrote for Harry back on his very first Father's Day.
But now, the book has been pulled from displays in UK book shops ...
For one very specific reason.
It's a devastating blow to Meghan.
Following what has been a pretty tumultuous couple of years ...
Now, since former actress, Meghan Markle, married Prince Harry in 2018...
She has been thrown into the spotlight in ways she could have never imagined... along with her royal husband, of course!
The pair have since formally stepped down from their positions within the royal family...
And they are currently residing in Los Angeles where they're raising their son, Archie, and expecting their second child.
But they did make the decision speak out about their terrible experiences with the royal family and British press in the last few years...
To none other than 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.
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 we all know that little Archie isn't actually a prince.
"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 since the interview, further news has surfaced about Markle's moves for the future.
Including a brand new book that's got everyone intrigued.
The Bench, set to launch this month, explores the "special bond between father and son [...] seen through a mother's eyes."
It's said to be inspired by a poem Meg had written for Harry on Father's Day after Archie's birth.
Meghan tells the tale through an "inclusive lens."
And wants to feature a "diverse group of father and sons."
It's even illustrated with images of a red-headed soldier.
And Meghan herself is 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."
But the book has been plagued with controversy since news of it launched.
@piersmorgan This rings a bell. There is a book from Corrinne Averiss called “The Boy on the Bench” which is a lov… https://t.co/cfJlrXxxAC— Ginevra Jones (@Ginevra Jones)1620167495.0
Including that some online social media users have realized some uncanny similarities between the book and another one by a British author titled "The Boy and the Bench."
But now the book has been dealt another huge blow.
With news that the book is being pulled from display in one of the UK's biggest bookstore chains.
The Telegraph reports a row between publisher Penguin Random House and the bookseller.
Penguin has limited credit for Waterstones.
This means the number of books they can buy is restricted.
Many Penguin titles have been pulled from display in Waterstones for this reason.
This could be a huge blow to the sales of Meg's book.
As not being on display may mean people totally miss out on the launch.
Will you be picking up a copy?
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