How dare Duchess Meghan write a children’s book when her father is a douchebag?

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The Duchess of Sussex has written a children’s book, The Bench, told through the perspective of mothers reflecting on the bonds between fathers and sons. She based it on a poem she wrote for Prince Harry for his first Father’s Day with baby Archie in 2019. All of this is super-wholesome, bordering on sugary. Which can only mean one thing: the British media is in full meltdown mode. Even more specifically, Piers Morgan is incredibly mad about it. He managed to fart out an enraged column within hours of the news of the book coming out. I’m not going to excerpt from the column because who really cares. From what I could see, Piers’ problem with the book is that Meghan is writing about fathers and their children and how dare she because she “ghosted” her father. Once again, this bloated stalker plays himself. He continues to be incandescent with rage because a grown woman sets boundaries with the toxic men who are obsessed with her, whether it’s her dumb, awful father or the British stalker who can’t take her name out of his mouth.

Hilariously, other royal commentators have chimed in about how inappropriate it is for Meghan to write about fathers and sons considering… she’s a daughter estranged from her father, and Harry is estranged from his father. Do they even realize that they’re arguing that only people with perfect, non-toxic families can write children’s books? We’re gatekeeping THAT now?

Richard Fitzwilliams told the Mail: ‘According to its publishers it is a touching, illustrated exploration of the “special bond between father and son” told through a mother’s eyes. The choice of subject matter however was bound to raise eyebrows, Meghan seeks to highlight the undoubted bond between Harry and Archie, but it is common knowledge that she is publicly estranged from her own father, Thomas, whom Harry has never met.

‘Also, the fact that Harry recently revealed to the world on Oprah that there was a rift between him and his father and that he had been cut off financially, was one of many shocks which that unfortunate interview provided. It was subsequently publicly reported by Gayle King that Charles’s initial reach out to Harry was “not productive” and according to Omid Scobie in, Harry’s recent visit for Britain for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral, was “family-focused”, it “broke the ice” for the future but conversations had not involved wider matters.

‘Many questions therefore, remain. It is the most extraordinary time for Meghan to choose to highlight the relations between fathers and sons, as though she, the main participant in one of the most divisive interviews ever given, was actually a healer.’

Royal biographer Penny Junor said Meghan was on ‘dodgy ground’ with her subject choice, adding: ‘It’s very easy to talk about relationships between fathers and sons when they are two years old.

‘But problems come when the children are older — as Meghan found out with her father and Harry with Prince Charles. She is on dodgy ground because of her relationship with her father and Harry with his.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Yeah, I was wrong. I figured the royal commentator hysteria would be about Meghan’s book blind-siding the palace and the Other Brother being engorged with rage on behalf of his keen lynchpin wife, because William will never forgive Meghan for criticizing Kate in a children’s book about fathers and sons and benches! No, they’re going with “how dare she write about her husband and son when HER father is a douchebag!” Well, it was just their first day at this. They’ll come up with something better in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail is hyping the idea that Meghan’s book might be heavily inspired by a British author’s children’s book: The Boy on the Bench by Corrinne Averiss. That book was published in 2018, and the Mail is hyping it as having similar drawings (I would imagine drawings of a bench and a boy?). But the storyline is described as “a gentle, empathetic story about overcoming fears and being yourself.” But… Meghan’s The Bench is about moms watching their sons and husbands? I have no idea, but I would imagine we’ll be hearing more about this as well.

Update: Corrinne Averiss, the author of The Boy on the Bench, just tweeted this:

LOL. The British media is going to be so mad at her.

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  1. Izzy says:

    Piss Moron doesn’t even use his birth father’s last name, nor does he use his stepfather’s FULL last name, so he can sit down.

  2. Sofia says:

    Piers’ outrage is just beyond pathetic now. They met nearly 5 years ago. That is half a decade. He’s had more than enough time to whine like a 3 year old but he’s also had more than enough time to move on and get over it.

    It’s been nearly 5 years. Once again, that’s nearly half a decade.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      Pathological narcissists can never allow anyone else to have the ‘last word’, nor to ‘win’.

      • Cessily says:

        That is the truth.. it is why they are so dangerous they escalate especially with age. Hence the entire “grey rock” approach to survival.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Piers Morgan is a literal and utter joke and quite honestly one of the most pathetic living beings I have seen.

    • Madelaine says:

      I suggest we burn all the Jane Eyre copies. After all, Charlotte Brontë never got married. How did she dare write about love?
      Duchess Meghan did certainly not draw a wedge between Harry and Charles for it was already there long before she appeared in their lives: Prince Henry has regularly found himself father figures to compensate for his lack of emotional connection with his birth father who, in return, has always held his son’s free-spirited non conventional choices in utter contempt.
      I am happy that after dumping the Firm, Harry and Meghan ARE becoming an alternate firm to reckon with. Plot twist.

      • Nic919 says:

        My English lit nerd self has to pop in and say that Charlotte Bronte did get married and ultimately died while pregnant, which was suspected to be HG.

        But your point would still apply in that she wasn’t married when she wrote Jane Eyre.

      • equality says:

        Well, there goes Agatha Christie too. She didn’t murder anybody or solve any murders.

      • Madelaine says:

        @NIC919: Thanks for the accuracy.
        @Equality: 😆 Right. Agatha Christie should have been a profiler, forensic or NCIS agent to be able to legitimately write, according to Fixated Fart’s rationale.

      • Emily_C says:

        Also, J.R.R. Tolkien wasn’t a hobbit.

      • Madelaine says:

        @Emily_C 😂

      • 🤦🏻‍♀️ I forgot Tolkien wasn’t a hobbit, an elf, or a wizard, etc. How could a human write so convincingly about Middle Earth? Jane Austen never married and yet wrote so movingly about love she is still world famous. Thanks for the laugh, EMILY_C. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 The 🐀Rota needs to take a deep breath and move on with their lives (Or maybe just get a life).

    • Lizzie says:

      If I were his wife, shudder, I would not put up with this obsession with another woman.

      • jazzbaby1 says:

        His wife has written about her crush on Harry so they’re pretty well matched.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @jazzbaby1 Two psychos who deserve each other.

      • Moonie says:

        Well, fair’s fair: Will is throwing his leg over Neighbour Rose, and Waity Katy is crushing on Harry in her typically useless simpering way. No wonder Meghan got him outta there!!!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Piers cheated with the woman who became his second wife while still married to his first. This second wife was then caught cheating on him repeatedly, which they both claimed was merely research for an article. It isn’t like Piers understands or appreciates fidelity.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      They never met in person.

  3. Cecilia says:

    I keep saying this but meghan had at least a decent relationship with her father until HE decided to sell her out to the press. And she said as much in the court case. No matter what, Meghan is the child in all of this and it is up to her father to clean up his act. Personally i hope meghan stays far away from Thomas Markle for the rest of her live but if this man wants to come back into his daughters good graces he needs to do the work.

    • Myra says:

      It seems like it wasn’t always smooth but that she loved him. She also seemed to have a blindspot for him, believing he was being manipulated (which true to an extent) but he was gladly selling her out for money. I, too, hope that she keeps her distance, at least until he shows real remorse.

      • Cecilia says:

        @Myra im simply going by what ive seen from meghan herself on her instagram and The Tig. According to her she was a daddy’s girl so im going to assume that the relationship was fairly good. I don’t know what exactly happened but my guess is that Thomas Markle probably loves money more than he loves his daughter or maybe he genuinely sees himself as the victim in all of this. Either way its sick and twisted and the people demanding meghan to just put up with it are equally sick & twisted.

      • Myra says:

        I remember a video of her saying she wasn’t on speaking terms with her dad (at that particularly time) but yeah he has proven himself a sh*tty father. She doesn’t owe him either forgiveness or her time.

    • Nan says:

      Cecilia: I agree with you. The British media seem to want both Harry and Meghan to be the parents in their relationships with their fathers, while giving a pass to both of their fathers for behaving like children. I hope both Harry & Meghan give their fathers some wide space for a while.

      • Gabby says:

        I agree Nan. I think the media wants to keep them from flying too high in success by keeping the albatross of 2 dysfunctional fathers around H&M’s necks.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      LOL M has never said she’s a “daddy’s girl.” But she did praise him on her blog The Tig. Ive always seen that as her way of assuring him that he’s loved by at least one member of his family: rmbr…..his first wife hates him; Doria divorced him when M was 2!!! that suggests that she quickly learned he was a POS; his 2 older spawns only use him and theyve never introduced their spawns to him.

      So all his human need for love and appreciation from family, was met only by M. And instead of being grateful to the Universe for giving him such an ideal daughter, he sought to play abusive mind games with her throughout her youth and into adulthood, AS EVERY DECENT HUMAN HAS SEEN WITH THEIR OWN EYES.

      Ive always felt that Doria didnt say one bad word about him to influence M’s opinion of her dad while growing up. As M herself said, she and her mum lived together but when her father came to visit, her mom made it a happy family-affair……….almost as if the 3 of them all lived together as one happy family.

      Its my belief that Doria allowed Thomas to reveal his true colors to their daughter, so that she could make her own decisions about him. I hvnt seen anyone comment on this particular thing M said in the Oprah intvw: “I lost my baby; I lost my father…..”
      I took that to mean Thomas is now well and truly dead to M.

    • lucky says:

      Also, given the hard relationships they have with their fathers, it would make watching your child with their father in a healthy, loving, and close relationship even that much sweeter.

    • Madelaine says:

      @Cecilia: “Thomas Markle probably loves money more than he loves his daughter”. Absolutely. Didn’t he start cashing on her the day he won a large sum of money after playing her birth numbers at the national lottery? He has a history of making buck off her.

  4. Nomegusta says:

    Those salty, mediocre, jealous Karens were getting their asses dragged on twitter yesterday.

    I bought a copy 👍🏿

  5. Lauren says:

    It’s about the bond of a FATHER and SON from a mother’s point of view and these people bring up her estranged father. I can’t. The fact that they are even suggesting she plagiarized another book without even having read Meghan’s just shows how delusional these royal commentators are.

    • swirlmamad says:

      She has EVERY right to express her love for her husband and child, and her joy at breaking the cycle of toxicity with her own little family. I sincerely hope she is not reading a word of this crap online, nor are any of her staff telling her about it. I hope Harry is steering clear also. These cretins aren’t worth their peace and mental health. Let them screech and rage in a vacuum.

      • Moonie says:

        I have often thought I hope Meghan is reading Celebitchy!! It’s such a relief to not have to listen to troll dogs barking constantly

      • Lady D says:

        I hope she’s reading it too. I’d like her to know there is one place on the internet that loves and appreciates her and what she does.

    • BlueToile says:

      The British media is completely out of control when it comes to Harry and Meghan. I mean, they aren’t allowed to buy a house, write about her tragic miscarriage, give a well received speech for a worthy cause, start a charitable foundation, and now she is not allowed to write a children’s book. Perhaps the media and Royal family apologists should all get together, to make and publish a list of what Harry and Meghan ARE allowed to do without being criticized. I suspect it would be an extremely short list. I can’t wait for this entire situation to blow up in their faces when the Queen dies.

  6. Becks1 says:

    Ha. So salty. Such haters. They’re so pathetic.

    I do think there is something that ‘switches on’ or something when you see your partner with your child. There’s an emotion that kicks in that wasn’t there before. and I think for Meghan, part of that emotion IS that Harry’s relationship with his father is so tumultuous, and her relationship with her father is in a state of disrepair. I think she knows that Harry is a really good father and that he’s going to work at it for the rest of his life, (because sometimes being a good parent is HARD), maybe not in spite of his relationship with his father, but because of it. He didn’t let history repeat itself when it came to how the press treated his wife, I don’t think he’s going to let history repeat itself with his relationship with his children.

    • Becks1 says:

      Oh, and I saw this on twitter and it stood out to me so i’m going to quote it here (I can’t link to twitter from my work computer) – this is from Nathalie Emmanuel from GOT responding to Dr. Shola –

      “The way people throw broken parental relationships in the face of the child like they weren’t the children in that dynamic and probably still carry those traumas as an adult. Imagine how healing and inspiring it must be to see the healthy relationship between her own husband and son.”

      • Ginger says:

        Wow Becks, that comment from Nathalie is spot on. How very true.

      • keroppi says:

        That is an awesome observation

      • Nyro says:

        The fact that the British media uses Meghan’s fractured relationship with her father to attack every asks t if her life has been one if the most disgusting aspects of this entire four year smear campaign. They have used it against her for everything from calling into question her character and whether or not she’s even “deserving” of basic human kindness to whether she has the right to write a book about family love. It’s downright depraved.

      • Keri says:

        Thanks for posting that Becks1! How great that other British celebrities/POC are coming out in support of Meghan.

    • Cecilia says:

      Same! Im husbandless and childless but i could think of nothing sweeter than seeing the bond between the love of my life and our baby. Im pretty sure Harry feels the same way whenever he sees meghan with archie. I also think that this emotion got strengthened because of the turmoil they were both going through with their own fathers. So yeah.

    • GRUEY says:

      There is something so dark about this line of thinking. It’s like commanding children of abuse that they HAVE to continue the cycle and they know nothing about good parenting.

      My husband is the child of a terrible father and it was his dream to be a good dad. And let me tell you, he’s an amazing dad and it’s a beautiful thing. The fact that his own dad was crap makes it pretty emotional for me tbh.

      • Sid says:

        Glad to read that about your husband Gruey. We should all cheer when people are able to break negative cycles.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        MerlinsDad had a very rocky relationship with his Dad for the longest due to his mom and her lies. They worked hard to get past that and while there were still lingering resentments on both sides there was no doubt of the love and commitment to TRY.

    • Merricat says:

      Yes. I wanted so much to be close to my father, and it gives me such peace to see the loving relationship between my husband and our daughter.

  7. teehee says:


    How dare anyone be better than those around them1111 ! 11

    How can anybody stoop so low as to rise about their enemies!111?

    What makes her think her husband will be better than her father! After all, he is only the son of Diana and a royal at that!!11″

    Typos intentional to emphasize the mockery.

    • JT says:

      It’s so bizarre. So people want Harry to be as trash as Charles was and still is? Or do they want him to pull a I actually “don’t have time to see my kids” despite the fact that I don’t actually work like William? Are they just mad because the white princesses (Diana and Kate ) got the sh*t end of the stick in regards to royal fathers?

      • swirlmamad says:

        “Are they just mad because the white princesses (Diana and Kate ) got the sh*t end of the stick in regards to royal fathers?”

        Yup. That’s exactly it. The perfect white duchess got the brother who is a sh*t husband (and likely father) while the black duchess got the good guy and it’s eating their guts out.

  8. Nomegusta says:

    Oh, no but what about Kate’s picture book that no one was talking about and no one cares about? 😢

    Wonder how many new dresses her ‘disappointment’ will translate into…

    • ArtHistorian says:

      what book? As far as I know Kate hasn’t written any kind of book.

      • Merricat says:

        That coffee table book of photos, right?

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Didn’t the people at the National Portrait Gallery put that together? Writing a foreword is not comparable to authoring/editing an entire book.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Yeah, she slapped her name on it but didn’t do a thing to put it together. Too bad her “name” isn’t enough to drive sales.

  9. Haylie says:

    Piers should be focused on finding another tv gig. In the UK. Because the US has made it clear we don’t see him.

  10. Red Snapper says:

    Richard Fitzsimmons is one of the jerks who filmed a reaction interview about the Oprah interview before it aired. How is he, and the other jerks also caught, allowed to keep his royal commentator status?

    • Lizzie says:

      Thank you for bringing that up, they all need to keep being outed.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Yes, Richard, many questions therefore, remain. Like how could you comment on an interview you hadn’t seen yet? Inquiring minds want to know.

      Piss Morgan is goin’ off the rails on a crazy train with his good friend Sharon. Again.

  11. Rare0217 says:

    How dare she write a story featuring a bench, when she isn’t even furniture!

  12. S808 says:

    Don’t editors and publishers vent that kind of stuff? I find it hard to believe they’d put it to print if it was plagiarized.

    I’m really tired of people beating Harry and Meghan over the head about their relationship with their fathers. THEY are the kids in the situation. THEIR fathers failed THEM. It is NOT their responsibility to fix the relationship. I wouldn’t even want to. I’m sure Harry and Archie’s bond means so much to Meghan (& Harry) because it’s another thing they never really had but can give him— a stable, loving father.

    • Sofia says:

      Thank you. I am also very tired of hearing parents go “Well I paid for their education so I have the right to treat them however I like and make whatever demands I want!”

      No. No you don’t. Sending your child to school (even if it’s a private one) is one of your responsibilities as a parent that you accept once you decide to have and keep a child. Not the child’s. If you decide to pay for their education after 18, that’s a decision that you have made as a parent and something you should not hang over your child as a “I can treat you however I want!”*

      *Note that there is obviously a line between treating and wanting your kids to respect you after you’ve treated them respectfully and acting like Thomas Markle. I’m talking about the latter here not the former.

      • L84Tea says:

        Makes me think of that great scene in the old movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” between Sidney Poitier and his father. His father is unhappy with his choice of bride and is lecturing him telling him that he put a roof over his head and put him thru school and he OWED him. But he essentially told his dad, Old man, I don’t owe you anything–you brought me into this world and you owed ME those things as a parent.

    • Cessily says:

      Plagiarism is a very serious charge for them to be throwing around. They should be careful with that. I said “Morgan needed to be slapped with a restraining order” and guess that was enough for Twitter jail but the stuff going around about this book from Morgan and other authors is still allowed.
      The illustrations between the two books sets them apart dramatically, Christians watercolor illustrations are a work of art the other book is probably a nice story with cartoon like drawings. One doesn’t have anything to do with the other. A quick search produces over a dozen children’s books with the word bench in the title. All that says to me is many people think benches are a good location for various different stories take place around.
      As for reviewing the actual story I prefer to wait till I’ve read it and it isn’t my opinion that counts, it is a children’s book so I will let my great nephews decide if they like it. They will be the only critics that matter in the long run.

      • Jais says:

        Omid posted a tweet from the author of The Boy on the Bench in which she states that they are not the same story and she doesn’t see any similarities, effectively shutting down the plagiarism trolls.

      • swirlmamad says:

        This “plagiarism” crap is going nowhere. By all accounts, the books aren’t even close in content. The squad and supporters need to keep loudly pushing back against their smears and lies since we all know SM is not going to do a damn thing about it.

    • Lizzie says:

      Samantha has already said her dad basically forgot about her when Meghan came along. He was always an awful father.

      • MsIam says:

        I was going to say Toxic’s first wife put him on blast for the same thing saying he was a terrible father. Funny how Piers and the gang never seem to bring that up.

  13. Snuffles says:

    A quick Google about The Boy on the Bench will show that 1) The illustrations are not even remotely similar 2) Neither is the story. It’s about a shy boy learning how to join in with other kids playing and making new friends

    • Monica says:

      Someone wrote about a bench. Therefore, Meghan can never write about a bench.

    • Alexandria says:

      And that’s a universal theme that’s not trademarked by anyone. These people can’t process anything in their brains.

    • Harper says:

      Imagine if Meghan had written about a choo choo train or a bulldozer or a truck or a circus animal or the beach or a teddy bear or an ice cream cone or a whale or a little sibling etc. etc.? Can you imagine the number of children’s authors she’d be accused of offending?

  14. Kaybee says:

    This “irrelevant” woman left the UK but they still talk about her.

    Brits were complaining about her using taxpayers money , she stops and also pays the money back – they complain
    They want her gone she leaves now- they complain

    she writes a book about a father and son a perspective from her OWN HOME then they have a problem. Its like she is plagirising father and son relationship as if she does not witness it every day.

    • Moonie says:

      They’re all like Piss Moanagain, but without a column. Useless, whining, ugly, inept, do-nothing losers whose only ability is to whine, bitch, moan, bully, abuse, name-call (like I’m doing: payback, ha!) and basically hammer Meghan for no reason. None. That’s all Britain’s media does. How useless are they…

  15. MsIam says:

    It’s always something with that bunch, lol. I’m sure that Random House, one of the biggest publishers in the world would have done their research to make sure there were no issues. Plus at this point with the number of books published in the world its hard to find something no one else has written about. Those folks are just nasty. As far as Meghan and Harry and their dads, the book was inspired by Harry and Archie and his hopes as a dad. I didn’t have a good relationship with my mom and I told a friend that I was afraid it would effect my relationship with my kids. She told me this was my chance to be the mom I wanted to be regardless of my past. You don’t have to be trapped in the same pattern.

  16. Devs says:

    People who have witnessed and experienced terrible, traumatic parenting are more than qualified to write about a topic like this.
    They’re more likely to really deeply understand what a good parent should be and should provide.
    I do admire her for this, I think it’s especially important that she had a darker skinned father and son on the cover, she knows that her lighter skin gives her more privileges (in some cases) and is sometimes over represented in books, film and tv. Meghan always comes across as a very thoughtful, sensitive, driven, kind and smart woman, Harry is extremely lucky.
    Piss Morgan burn in hell : )

  17. Roserose says:

    Or maybe seeing a healthy father-soon relationship has been really healing for Meghan as she struggles with her feelings about her own dad.

    So many great comments on here where people are being understanding about fractured parent-child relationships. So validating.

  18. MellyMel says:

    Not sure what her relationship with her father has to do with anything when this book is about the bond between a FATHER AND SON. Clearly inspired by Harry and Archie. These fools are so obsessed with her and everything she does…it’s sick.

  19. Miranda says:

    Actually, I think her and Harry’s relationships with their dumpster fire fathers makes Meghan even MORE qualified to write something like this. She’s not an idiot, she knows that there are going to be rough spots in Harry and Archie’s relationship, as there are in literally EVERY parent-child relationship at one time or another. The important thing is that they know from tragic personal experience how NOT to handle those times.

  20. JT says:

    Those same reporters called Charles a trash, absentee father and wonder why his relationship with Harry is trash as well? Tom needs no explanation with his fake-a-heart-attack-ass. Give me a break. Harry’s relationship with his son and Meghan’s admiration of that is most likely in spite of Tom and Charles’ f*ckery. It’s as if their “dodgy” relations with their fathers might have a direct bearing on how they want to go forward with their own children. Who would have thought?

    • equality says:

      They are also missing the bigger point. Meghan produced proof in court that she tried to contact her dad numerous times. He was the one who ghosted her. And, he recorded himself bringing a letter to Oprah to ask for an interview. Did he record himself bringing a letter to Meghan while he was in town, asking for forgiveness? He’s not interested in seeing Meghan or Archie anymore than he sees his other grandchildren. He’s interested in fame and money. Charles was also the one who ghosted them not the other way around. Harry said, “my father stopped taking my calls” not the other way around.

  21. Over it says:

    I was secure in my ignorance that piss Morgan has pissed off somewhere and keeled over. Guess I was wrong, I never read what these people write so I won’t start now. I depend on Kaiser to break it down for me.however let me say, how dare you Meghan have the audacity to not let your unhinged father control your life. How dare Harry not let his Prick of A father continue to destroy his mental health. How dare this woman recognize the love of her husband for his son and vise versa .

  22. aquarius64 says:

    The BM played the plagiarism game with Meghan’s Vogue issue and the issue still made record sales. How it stands with Bad Dad is irrelevant; it’s about a LOVING relationship between her husband and son not the toxic ones with TT and Harry’s one with Chuck. And these BS arguments won’t make it to US shores; if they do it’s the tabloids. No serious press will touch them.

    • JT says:

      It’s like they just don’t understand that criticizing them just makes H&M more successful. Everything that they do turn to gold. Those RRs have no influence on anybody except the trash that reads and believes the DM. And the bots. Don’t forget the bots.

  23. Amy Bee says:

    These people are unhinged.

  24. VIV says:

    “It’s very easy to talk about relationships between fathers and sons when they are two years old. But problems come when the children are older.”

    As usual, wtf irrelevant. She IS writing about them as young children and not when they are older. Maybe she will expand the collection as Archie ages, but she isn’t writing some researched scientific dissertation thing on childhood and parental relationships. The BM will just throw any nonsense into an article acting like it’s asking the tough questions or some nonsense.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      “but she isn’t writing some researched scientific dissertation thing on childhood and parental relationships” cough, early years, cough

      • LP says:

        I was gonna say! Nobody tell Kate her only thing resembling actual work she’s ever done is now irrelevant!

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Viv, I read a synopsis of the book and it sounded like she was going to be writing about a “diverse group” of fathers and sons. I would think there will be different age groups for the kids, but we won’t know until we see it. If that’s the case, she’s still viewing it from either her or the kid’s mother’s perspective. At least, that’s what I think. Doesn’t the particular father and son and their relationship have quite a bit to do with any difficulties, or lack thereof, when the son gets older? No, not a scientific dissertation, just heart.

  25. Amelia says:

    The fact that Meghan has described a beautiful relationship between a father and his child should be putting Both Charles and Thomas Markle to absolute shame. Children are treasures and as a father it’s your responsibility to protect and that valuable treasure AT ALL COST! Not sell them out the way they both did. Both of them are so disgusting and it begs the question whether people like that really deserve to be called men if they cant even respect and support their children. They both did one worse and straight up threw their kids to the wolves! It’s so heartbreaking as well especially when Meghan and Harry still value and love their fathers so much and would forgive them. If they had any dignity at all (there’s not really much hope for Meghan’s dad) they’d be ashamed of themselves.

  26. A Guest says:

    The author of the other book has already said “Nope, not the same”.

    So the BM will have to come up with a new line of attack. I give it about an hour for thm to do so.

    • swirlmamad says:

      So glad to hear the author of the other book has spoken out.

      • The author of the other book will benefit from this especially now that she cleared Meghan. Her book, aside from the free publicity, will see uptick in sales. Good she shot down the trolls.

  27. Brittany says:

    How do you take something as positive and uplifting as a children’s book about love and parental bonds and find every nasty unsubstantiated random charge to throw at it? This is truly for clicks and the Murdoch media knows hatred, falsehood, and chaos sell. I’m so appalled.

  28. TheOriginalMia says:

    Unhinged response to Meghan #8373848. The woman is minding her own business in the US, not beholden to the BM or using taxpayer funds for her life and these pissants can’t stop bashing her. She wrote a book about her experience watching her husband and son and the love they shared. It’s sweet and anyone with a heart would love it. But these clowns and their performative outrage, like clockwork, is splashed on blogs and front pages of BM. Clowns.

    Many parents seeing their partners with their children say it’s an amazing feeling. Meghan just wrote it down. Jeez. Has nothing to do with Thomas’ narcissistic but or Charles’ cowardice. It’s simply about Meghan falling in love all over again with Harry as he loves and nurtures their son.

  29. Snuffles says:

    The author of The Boy on the Bench has weighed in. She sees no similarities either

  30. Harper says:

    How dare Piers Morgan say anything about Meghan when the last time he did he triggered over 40,000 complaints from viewers, had a toddler-type-temper-tantrum on air, and was fired before most people had even gotten out of bed.

    • Deering24 says:

      As Judge Judy so aptly noted, you can’t fix stupid. 😈

    • Gabby says:

      You would think that a guy looking for another TV job would try to make himself more appealing.

    • swirlmamad says:

      I think we summoned him out of his troll cave. I think it was just yesterday I and a few others were saying he hadn’t been heard from for a while. 😖

  31. jferber says:

    I will buy this book or pre-order or whatever. It’s sure to be lovely. Do the Brits know that they make themselves look terrible to the rest of the world by stalking/slamming Meghan all the time? The incandescent island. I’ll never visit it again.

  32. Amy Bee says:

    I think one of the things that bonded Harry and Meghan were their up and down relationships with their fathers. I could imagine them having discussions about that and how they wanted to be as parents. I can understand how seeing Harry with Archie could serve as inspiration and also stir up a lot of emotions in her.

  33. Over it says:

    I see Oprah magazine is plugging the book. Keep hating brits, keep hating. Megs is winning

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      That’s great. This book will be a success despite the salty tears from across the pond. I don’t know why they feel the need to respond to every single thing she does. For once it would be so refreshing if they would just say nothing. This would have been the perfect opportunity to go silent and leave Meghan alone. She’s not harming anyone and has walked away like some practically demanded of her. More than a year later, they are still fuming at the mouth. Truly, in all the 12-steps programs I’ve heard of, acceptance should have set in a long ways back. What’s up with the continued cycling through the eleven steps and not getting on with it and accepting that Meghan is not going to disappear from the earth, never to be heard from again.

      • MsIam says:

        This is why I always wonder if Uncle Gary and/or Ma Middleton are throwing some cheddar at these folks? The stories are all so similar and the outrage always seems so directed, its like marching orders are sent out. I imagine even the Rota is sick of spewing the same bile over and over at this point. Unless the newspaper publishers demand that they write these stories.

  34. keroppi says:

    I responded to this one outraged mom on Twitter. She was saying, how dare Meghan write a book, she’s only been a mom for 5 seconds! Like how completely invalidating it is to other women – you haven’t “mommed” long enough, so your experiences and perspective don’t matter!

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Seriously! Someone actually complained that Meghan hasn’t been a mom long enough to write about her observation as a mother watching her child and husband bond? What would they say about the authors who haven’t had children, yet are children book authors? Men who writes exclusively about female relationships? Writers who are chronically single but write about romantic relationships? I know people like this and they would be shocked to learn they’re not authentic enough to write about a particular human subject because they lack experience in the particulars.

      • keroppi says:

        Yup! The audacity of it! She has since deleted the tweet, but seriously. That was one that personally offended me! Gatekeeping motherhood at its finest!

    • swirlmamad says:

      Are you for real???? Glad you shamed that idiot sanctimommy back into oblivion. The utter gall.

  35. Rapunzel says:

    Next, the book will be connected to terrorism because a terrorist once sat on a bench. Then, it will cause drought because children that read books drink more water than other kids. 🙄

    I was especially annoyed The Fail mentioned the price of the book in its headlines. It’s 18.99!! Gasp!! How dare she charge so much even though she didn’t set the price?

  36. RedWeatgerTiger says:

    Now following Corinne Averiss, whom I’d never heard of until today. She has that twitter post locked down tight. Smart woman.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Yep my experience observing this strange saga of Meghan haters response to all things connected with Meghan would have this author attacked for daring NOT to accuse Meghan of copying her story. It has finally reached the point where everyone sees and knows what to expect when Meghan is in the mix. I’ve truly never witnessed anything like this before, has anyone seen anything like the unhinged response to all things Meghan?

      • BlueToile says:

        No, I have never seen such a campaign of hatred against anyone. This even feels darker and more irrational that the Fox News campaign against Obama, but I can’t explain why. This is just so bad I can’t understand why the royal family thinks this is a good look for them in any way. I am estranged from nearly all my family (ardent Trump supporters), but I would come out swinging if this were happening in order to (theoretically) make me look better by comparison. That family is all kinds of screwed up. The world is watching and sooner or later even the UK will get tired of this.

      • Becks1 says:

        @BlueToile – I think it feels darker because it is.

        In some ways the criticism, hate and racism are similar – both invaded what had been an all-white space. Both were black people in roles that white people felt “belonged” to them.

        But I think it feels darker and more irrational because this is about hating Meghan just for breathing. She’s not there anymore but they refuse to move on. I genuinely feel the only thing that will make them happy is if Harry leaves Meghan and his children and returns to the UK, or if something happens to Meghan. And that’s incredibly dark.

  37. Morgan is the royal family’s paid hack . Didn’t he commit a Freudian slip? He’s said in his TV interview that members of the royal family has called to thank him for doing what he was doing— smearing Meghan and defending the royal family. William and Kate are going to call him again to thank him for strongly resuming his Hate campaign against Meghan. But sorry PM, Kate and William the Sussexes are winning big time. The book is sold out.

  38. Noor says:

    How spiteful and mean spirited. Same negative and harsh reactions when Meghan guest edit the Vogue Sep issue.

    The negative slant seems to be very much Palace driven as it was tabloid driven.

  39. Nic919 says:

    The effort to even find another book with the word bench in it and then it shows up in the DM as an article accusing Meghan of plagiarism seems very coordinated to me. I saw within minutes that trolls were posted an image of the other book under Omid’s tweet about the book so I suspect that the trolls are really undercover DM “reporters”.

    Also there are a bunch of white women authors who were bitching about another “celebrity” taking up shelf space for children’s books. Of course they only vocally complain when it’s Meghan, but not all the other hundreds of times celebrities got book deals. Some of them have backtracked, but it was a very bad look preserved forever on the internet.

    • Amelia says:

      The author of that book themself came on the record stating that having seen an extract they saw no resemblance to their own work whatsoever. Haters are always going to remain salty

    • Ginger says:

      The dragging these authors received was glorious. They deleted their tweets and some locked their accounts. It’s nice that so many people come out and defend Meghan. She has way more supporters than haters.

  40. Topaz says:

    I got inspired by another CB comment ordering her book for the local library and one just for my bookshelf. I hope it gets translated into different languages as well. Since I collect a few timeless children’s books in 3 languages.

  41. msmontclair says:

    I don’t have a father. Never met him. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t write about the relationship my husband has with his children*. I can’t with these people.

    *to be fair, we have cats, but my point still stands.

    • Keri says:

      Cat mom here, coming out to say I just love your post. Made me LOL and smile.

  42. Asking for a friend says:

    I LOVE a good Twitter dragging and the replies on those BS comments about the book ended up bringing me so much joy. More and more people are coming out to defend against the Harry and Meghan haters, which is amplifying how awful the British media have been…not everyone was paying attention to it. So thanks, haters! Also bought the book and looking forward to more Sussex success.

  43. Gabby says:

    My kids are 13 and 16, but I am going to buy several copies of this book anyway. I can donate them to day care centers and family shelters.

    When H&M signed the Netflix deal, I added DVD delivery to my already existing streaming account. Voting with my dollars to add to the Sussex success in any way I can.

  44. Abena Asantewaa says:

    I have preordered 2copies. The Royal Reporters, and haters should bugger off and cry in their cornflakes!

  45. one of the Marys says:

    I wish it had been a log with a little notch cut in it for sitting and resting hahahahaha

  46. Eurydice says:

    Piers is just one more mastodon screaming in the tar pit – he’s becoming extinct. But what annoys me is that the media writes this as a “feud” between Piers and Meghan. It’s not a feud; it’s harassment.

  47. MissMarirose says:

    If I had Melinda Gates-type money, I would hire an investigator to dig up dirt on these reporters.

    Because you just know that they’re all MASSIVE hypocrites and have their own dirty, dysfunctional family secrets.

  48. Greentea says:

    I hope Meghan’s book becomes a best seller. The more success she has the more the haters will self-implode.

  49. Jaded says:

    If I were Meghan I’d send Keen and Mean complementary copies for their kids. Autographed.

  50. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Someone please do an investigative piece on Morgan. Drag up his past, make horrific parallels and bury the bastard.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      For what it’s worth. Piers Morgan is – and always has been – a pariah and unwelcome amongst the larger association of journalists in Europe. His lack of ethics makes him most unwelcome and accused of various privacy violations. He was fired from CNN for being an awful and insufferable human being yet the conservative British media love him.

      • Emily_C says:

        He was fired from CNN for being an awful and insufferable human being THEREFORE the conservative British media love him.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        Touché, Emily.

  51. Farfromreality says:

    The only complaint I have about this is that I’m sick and tired of Meghan making me look lazy by comparison. It really is too much!

    • 😎 love that one FARFROMREALITY. Meghan does put me to shame too. She is a powerhouse of a woman. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. No wonder Kate ‘DoLittle’ finds it so exhausting to try to keep up with her!

  52. The Voice says:

    She’s writing about the bond between a father and son through a mom’s perspective. I think she qualifies. She doesn’t have to have a good relationship with her own father and more credit to her for cutting him out. Why do people insist that children have to be subjected to their parent’s toxicity? Who is that better for, exactly? I think she’s incredibly strong for cutting him out and moving on.

  53. Emily_C says:

    My father’s emotionally abusive and my husband’s father is both physically and emotionally abusive. Obviously we’re not close to them. I’m a writer. I guess I’m not allowed to have any fathers in my writing though! These people are scuzzy, but what I wonder is if they ever have the slightest realization how incredibly stupid they sound.

  54. Kalana says:

    How dare Meghan?

    Motherhood is for white women to celebrate.
    British princes are for white women to marry.
    Children’s books are for white people to write.

    The white community will accept tokenism but they have rejected Meghan for this role so how dare she not go away and be quiet?

  55. aquarius64 says:

    The BM couldn’t care less about Bad Dad. To the BM he is a willing stooge, an useful idiot for generate stories on Meghan. It also wanted the reconciliation between “father” and daughter so TT can infiltrate House Sussex and give the UK press inside information. He would sneak pictures of the kids and sell them. When Meghan said she lost her father she announced to the world she is done with him.

    • Tessa says:

      I am annoyed how Meghan is blamed for the estrangement with her father. He sold her out, he “ghosted” her for $$$ and what he thinks is “fame.”

  56. Curious says:

    Remember the royals/queen cared for the spare Harry when they was growing up. in case something happened to William, Harry will take over. that fake love they had for Harry was gone when William son George was born. Harry was now a nobody. he was then ranked down to being his brother puppet.i bet 100% Harry is now happy in his new role with his wife and son.. these boys never had a close relationship with their parents. first it was nannies, then at 8 they was shipped off to boarding school. no parent around for them till weekends like foster children visiting a home. that’s how they lived till they graduated from school. Charles/Diana was weekend and holiday parents. the queen took more interest in William cause he was the heir. Harry was left out . of all the queen grandchildren, William was her main one . family values is not important to the royals. when a normal family do something like this ,its call abusive. the queen does it and its ok.. sick people.

  57. A says:

    I mean, the whole outrage is ridiculous, obviously. Yes, Harry might not have a good relationship with his father, and Meghan might not with hers. But Harry and HIS son have a good relationship with each other. That is what the book is about. And Meghan is writing about that.

    That is what pisses these people off. They don’t want to think about Harry as a father, with children. They really seem determined to cut his children out of the narrative completely, which is beyond the pale.

    • HannahB says:

      Well said. Those on Salty White Isle can’t stand the fact that these two adults, who have both dealt with lousy parental relationships, have created a loving family and are happy with their life. And that is a sad, sad statement about the British royal “family.”

  58. MA says:

    For all the hate Meghan is getting for writing an illustrated CHILDREN’S book about HER observations of HER husband’s relationship with THEIR son, which is just about the most harmless inoffensive subject matter and medium I can think of, I’m just glad she never had the audacity to tout a barely thought out useless 5 question online survey with flawed methodology as “groundbreaking” and “landmark.”

  59. Izzy says:

    “ Do they even realize that they’re arguing that only people with perfect, non-toxic families can write children’s books? We’re gatekeeping THAT now?”

    Only if you’re not white and daring to actually exist in the same spaces as white people. But if you’re a biracial woman who had the audacity to marry a white prince, then of course they’re gatekeeping.

  60. HeatherC says:

    That’s it! Meghan forgot to include pie charts!

  61. Shannon says:

    I read this article and thought these people just can’t stop showing their ass. The tone, the language…good grief. They never gave Kate this much grief after she married Wills. Just crazy…

  62. blunt talker says:

    Meghan writing this children’s book for small children-she has had a chance to observe the love and bonding of Harry and Archie close-up-The picture with the mother looking out of the window at father and son made me want to cry with joy-I think is Harry and Meghan are good parents and very observant ones too.

  63. blunt talker says:

    PS-to say its not racism at play with the constant criticism of Meghan and sometimes Harry is making the UK media and commenters look like they are shitstains from hell. Someone wrote to Piers Morgan explaining a relationship he had and the woman ghosted him-Even though he was hurt by the experience he was not going around for half a decade bad mouthing and harassing the woman-he said he had moved on in his life and that Piers should too. If Piers can’t see his harassing Meghan is beginning to look like he has demented brain cells farting out loud to the public-then may God or someone who cares for him put him in a mental institution for deranged behavior.