Meghan’s book ‘has been extraordinary success in crowded market’, expert claims

Meghan Markle’s children’s book The Bench has been an “extraordinary” success, a royal historian has claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex released her picture book in June, which tells the story of the relationship between a father and his son.

Commentators have had differing views on how well it has done, with some earlier this year claiming it had been a "flop".

But royal historian Tessa Dunlop thinks otherwise, telling the Palace Confidential podcast that it has far exceeded expectations.

“What’s extraordinary is, this is a really crowded market, the children’s book market, full of huge names and super talented writers, and it’s done very well," Tessa acknowledged.

“And that is about the brand. At the moment, they’re at their high noon. How long it will last for? Who knows.”

Since they withdrew from royal duties in March last year, the couple have diversified their portfolios by taking on a number of new projects.

Signing up to huge deals with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify, the pair have also committed to working as “impact partners” for an ethical investment firm.

And, with Harry’s “tell-all” autobiography set for release in late 2022, Tessa speculated that, given the success of ‘The Bench’, the Duke and Duchess will continue to pursue book publishing.

“This is going to go on as long as they are going on,” she claimed.

“I don’t think they’ve got any intention of stopping. They are a massive multi-million dollar machine.

“And the way it makes money is by generating narrative story attention.”

Meghan recently appeared in a video to read her book aloud, which one body language expert praised as a “brilliant sales job”.

But other royal watchers weren’t convinced, with Australian TV hosts erupting into laughter after watching the video during their morning show.

While ‘The Bench’ draws on Harry’s relationship with his son Archie, royal fans are yet to receive many details about the couple’s youngest child Lilibet.

Born in June, there is yet to be an announcement of Llibet’s christening.

And, experts are torn on whether the Sussexes will return to the UK in order for the ceremony to take place in front of the Queen, who is yet to meet her great-granddaughter.

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