She has been an actress, blogger, human rights activist, narrator, producer and investor.
But now, the Duchess of Sussex has added another string to her bow, that of children’s author.
Meghan, 39, has written a book about the “special bond” between father and son, inspired by the relationship between her husband, the Duke of Sussex, and their son, Archie, who turns two on Thursday.
The story, called The Bench, evolved from a poem she wrote for Prince Harry on his first Father’s Day and is her first foray into children’s literature.
Illustrated by a California-based artist Christian Robinson, the 40-page book, aimed at children aged three to seven, will be published on June 8.
The Duchess said: “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.
“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”
A sample page released on Tuesday shows a woman standing at a window crying as she watches a red-headed man dressed in military uniform throwing their son in the air.
The text reads: “And here in the window I’ll have tears of great joy… Looking out at My Love and our beautiful boy.”
Another page shows a man lying on a bench holding his son and reads: “From here you will rest, See the growth of our boy.”
The Duchess, who is heavily pregnant with her second child, a daughter, will narrate the audio edition herself.
In turning her hand to children’s literature, she follows in the footsteps of both the Duchess of York and her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales.
The former created the successful Little Red and Budgie the Little Helicopter series’ in the 1990s as she sought to settle mounting debts.
Prince Charles, 72, wrote The Old Man of Lochnagar about an old man who lives in a cave in 1980.
The publisher said Duchess’s debut “touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family.”
Her book, it said, evokes “a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion” and offers a window into the shared moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons.
Mallory Loehr, executive vice president of Random House Books for Young Readers Group, said: “Meghan’s touching text explores the relationship between fathers and sons and undeniably tugs at the heartstrings that parents and caregivers feel.
“Christian’s art beautifully matches the tender emotion of Meghan’s words, and every spread is infused with a vibrant sense of joy and love. The Bench is timeless—it feels destined to become one of those books that people will be reading for generations to come.”
The publisher described Meghan as “a mother, wife, feminist, and activist” who “currently resides in her home state of California with her family, two dogs, and a growing flock of rescue chickens.”
It added: “Through the nonprofit work of the Archewell Foundation, she and her husband are committed to activating compassion in communities across the world.”
It comes after the Duke revealed during his televised Oprah Winfrey interview that his relationship with his own father, the Prince of Wales, had disintegrated.
He said Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls after he “took matters into his own hands” by stepping away from royal duties, adding: “There’s a lot to work through there. I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar.”
A spokesperson for the Duchess declined to say whether she had signed a deal to write further books.