Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, released a children’s book, The Bench, on Tuesday.
Illustrated by California artist Christian Robinson, “The Bench” explores “the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes,” according to the book’s description.
In a statement, the Duchess of Sussex explained how “The Bench” stemmed from a poem she had written for Harry, 36, on Father’s Day, following the birth of their first child, son Archie, who recently turned 2.
“My hope is that ‘The Bench’ resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine,” Markle said in a statement at the time.
So far, The Bench is ranked at No. 100 on the Amazon US bestsellers chart. It also has a rating of 4 stars out of a possible 5, though, with 53 reviews.
In the UK, it failed to make Amazon’s top 200 bestsellers, reaching just 204 in the charts and 60 on the list of bestselling children’s books.
via Express UK:
While the book has received praise, it has also been widely panned by critics with one calling it a “semi-literate”.
Claire Allfree, the Telegraph’s critic, wrote: “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.
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…”
Meghan’s book has also sparked division on Amazon, with many giving it a one star review.
One person said: “We didn’t enjoy this book at all – I have no idea why the author thought this story would appeal to children. It’s incredibly boring and uninspiring.“
UPDATE: It’s now risen to No. 34 on the Amazon UK bestsellers