Following an explosive start to the year for Meghan Markle, she's now revealed a brand new book launch...
The new book is called The Bench and is set for release on June 8th...
And it was born out of a poem Meghan wrote for Harry back on his very first father's day.
But now, people are wondering if the idea was actually an original one as some have pointed out issues of "plagiarism."
They have noticed some "similarities" between the book and another written by a British author, Corrinne Averiss.
It got so bad that Averiss has now spoken out on the issue.
Keep scrolling for her full statement.
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 recently decided to 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 openness will SAVE LIVES. 🙏🏽— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) March 8, 2021
Every 40 seconds, a person dies by suicide
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 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...
All I can say is that I completely understand. My heart and soul goes out to her. 💔❤— Sunshine, MPH 🏳️🌈🔭🔬☣ (@CallSignWhisker) March 8, 2021
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 (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2021
People have been slamming the pair for agreeing to take part in Oprah's interview and have even been brandishing them as "liars"... including Piers Morgan, of course!
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 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 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."
However, 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."
Attention Meghan Markle fans!! The Duchess of Sussex’s new #ChildrensBook The Bench is now available for pre-order!! This adorable father-son story told from a mother’s perspective is selling out fast, but you can get it here for less $ than on Amazon!👇🏽https://t.co/P93Avv76bz— Bluebird Books (@BooksAtBluebird) May 4, 2021
One Twitter user commented: "Almost identical to Corrinne Averiss book 'The Boy On the Bench', even the cover."
Others also jumped on the bandwagon...
This rings a bell. There is a book from Corrinne Averiss called “The Boy on the Bench” which is a lovely children’s book which is quite well known from 2018. While not exactly the same, it does seem to have a similar vibe and look? Hmm.— Ginevra Jones (@GinevraJo) May 4, 2021
I think someone might have beat her to it. Corrinne Averiss wrote her book in 2018, called 'The Boy on the Bench' about a boy and his father. Could be just a coincidence though...right??!! 🤔— kracken rum🍹 🌸🌸 (@Laura82853179) May 4, 2021
Among the misplaced outrage, people defended the former royal.
Its not exclusive idea , there are many books talking about the relationship between father and son , if i wrote book about eye issues is that mean i copied the first person who wrote about eye medical issues ???? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 let your brain work— Mooome (@Mooome13999896) May 4, 2021
I’m an author and I know how many times authors come up with similar stories. Take several seats.— Belle Calhoune (@BelleCalhoune) May 4, 2021
The boy on the Bench vs The Bench. Also the stories and settings are different though. One is at home the other on a playground. The boy is trying to find courage the other we don’t know yet. So how did you reach your conclusion— Fall (@fall_stra) May 4, 2021
Imagine being so miserable you can't even be happy for someone trying to make a living? Sad little weirdos. pic.twitter.com/fZfxVEzhB7— Wawawiwa (@Wawawiwa15) May 5, 2021
Except the Author of The Boy on the Bench has said she sees No similarities between her book and The Bench!— Reggie (@LlamaDramah) May 5, 2021
After all the attention was directed to Averiss, the author also spoke out in defense of Meghan.
Reading the description and published excerpt of the Duchess’s new book, this is not the same story or the same theme as The Boy on the Bench. I don’t see any similarities.— Corrinne Averiss (@CorrinneAveriss) May 5, 2021
"Reading the description and published excerpt of the Duchess's new book, this is not the same story or the same theme as The Boy on the Bench. I don't see any similarities apart from the use of a bench - which exist in as many stories as they do parks and gardens."
So can all the haters just crawl back into their little holes, please, and thank you.
We wish Meghan all the success with her latest venture.
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