Watch Meghan Markle Read Aloud Her Children's Book 'The Bench'

Meghan Markle has made a video of herself reading her children's picture book The Bench, which she dedicated to Prince Harry and her son Archie.

The Duchess of Sussex gave a short introduction, plugging illustrator Christian Robinson, before reading the whole of her New York Times Best Seller.

On the Brightly Storytime's Youtube channel, she said: "I'm Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and today I'm going to read to you my book called the Bench.

"This is illustrated by Christian Robinson and I asked him to do something special for me and use watercolors, which isn't the normal medium he works in, but he did it to make this extra special.

"I hope that you love the pictures as much as you love the words. I wrote this for my husband and our son Archie and then turned it into a book so you can enjoy it to."

The Bench began life as a poem Meghan wrote for Prince Harry for their first Father's Day, when Archie was still a newborn in June, 2019.

That day they posted a picture of Archie holding onto Prince Harry's finger to their now defunct Sussex Royal Instagram account.

The post read: "Happy Father's Day! And wishing a very special first Father's Day to The Duke of Sussex!"

When Meghan launched her children's book in June, she 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."

After the book became a best seller, she said in a statement: "While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I'm encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere.

"In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values. Equally, to depict another side of masculinity—one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness—is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike.

"Thank you for supporting me in this special project."

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Meghan Markle speaks alongside Prince Harry during the Global Citizen Live festival at Central Park on September 25, 2021, in New York City. She has made a video reading from her children's book 'The Bench.' ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images