Meghan Markle using Duchess of Sussex as author name 'laughable' after she wanted to cut Royal ties, says royal expert

Meghan Markle using Duchess of Sussex as author name 'laughable' after she wanted to cut Royal ties, says royal expert


MEGHAN Markle's use of her Duchess of Sussex title her new book is "laughable" after she wanted to cut Royal ties, a royal expert has said.

The Duchess penned her children's book The Bench after originally writing a poem for Harry's first Father's Day from Archie, who will turn two next month.

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A picture of the book was posted online yesterday ahead of its publication on June 8.

On the front cover, the mum-to-be's pen name is given as: "Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex".

But royal author Angela Levin says the use of any title in this context is "ridiculous".

"The fact that she wants to cling on to her royal title and the book is written by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is laughable," the Prince Harry biographer told The Sun Online.

"Because they wanted to get away from the Royal Family, they hated the Royal Family – they felt trapped.

"They didn't like it, they wanted freedom and they’ve got freedom. You can’t have everything you want like that."

According the author, most people with a royal title would not use it when signing off a book.

"You don’t use your royal position to make commercial gain," she said.

"Not many people sign a book with their titles, it’s just ridiculous.

"They write their name and people should know who they are – they don’t add 'Duchess of this and that' after it."

Meghan and Harry can still be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after being given the titles as a wedding gift at their 2018 nuptials at Windsor Castle.

But they stepped down from royal life in a desperate bid for privacy, with Meghan revealing in her Oprah interview the damaging impact royal life had had on her mental health.

"If you want your privacy be quiet, don’t shout from the hills all the time saying ‘look at me now’," Angela said.

"She can’t pretend it’s fiction because she says it’s based on a poem she wrote for Prince Harry on Father’s Day when Archie was only a month old."

The cover of The Bench shows a watercolour picture by award-winning artist Christian Robinson of a bench under a tree surrounded by birds.

Of her new venture, Meghan 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 watercolour 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 make up, as much as it does with me."

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