Duchess Meghan’s NPR interview to promote ‘The Bench’: ‘It’s a love story’

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The Duchess of Sussex did one interview to promote The Bench. One. It’s a huge flex. Apparently, Meghan did this interview the day before she gave birth to Lilibet, which means it was actually conducted before The Bench was released, but NPR held on to it until The Bench was a New York Times bestseller. I mean, I assume Meghan knew that the interview would not air for a few weeks, so it’s not like NPR held on to it for a rainy day or something. The interview itself was just a chill conversation about the children’s book and her inspirations for it. The illustrator, Christian Robinson, was also part of the interview. Some highlights:

Meghan got Harry a bench for his first Father’s Day: “As most of us do, you go, what am I going to get them as a gift? And I thought I just wanted something sentimental and a place for him to have as a bit of a home base with our son,” Meghan says. And on a little plaque on the back of the bench, she wrote a poem, about the moments she hoped they would share on that bench. “This is your bench,” the poem reads, “Where life will begin/For you and our son/Our baby, our kin.”

Quiet moments with Harry & Archie: “I often find, and especially in this past year, I think so many of us realized how much happens in the quiet. It was definitely moments like that, watching them from out of the window and watching [my husband] just, you know, rock him to sleep or carry him or, you know … those lived experiences, from my observation, are the things that I infused in this poem.”

Asking Christian Robinson to work with a different medium, watercolor: “I wanted him to just try something a little bit new and work in watercolor. And that was specifically because I just felt that when you talk about masculinity and you talk about fatherhood, it can often not come across with the same softness that I was really after for this book. And I just wanted this to feel almost ethereal and light and Christian was able to use that medium and create the most beautiful images.”

Why diverse fathers are represented: “Growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented. Any child or any family hopefully can open this book and see themselves in it, whether that means glasses or freckled or a different body shape or a different ethnicity or religion.”

One story came from a USO trip: One representation Meghan says she particularly wanted to include in The Bench was that of a military family. Years ago, she was on a USO tour with a sergeant from Texas. “He had told me the story about how he wasn’t able to teach his son how to play catch because he was away,” Meghan says. “And so he and his son would mail this baseball back and forth to each other from Texas to Afghanistan and write the date on it.”

She included personal touches in the book: Like her favorite flower, her mother-in-law’s favorite flower, and, of course, the family’s rescue chickens. “I needed my girls in there,” says Meghan.

She hopes the story is universal: “It’s a love story. It’s really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and this trust so that, be at good times or bad, you know that you had this person. I really hope that people can see this as a love story that transcends the story of my family.”

[From NPR]

From what little we’ve seen of the Sussexes’ Montecito property, it definitely looks like Meghan got Harry a new bench when they moved! I guess the old bench is still outside Frogmore Cottage in the Windsor Castle complex. I wonder if Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank ever sit on the old bench? Meghan cracked me when she referred to the rescue chickens as “my girls.” I live next door to people who keep chickens and roosters and… the chickens are sweet. The roosters, not so much. I also liked that Meghan talked about the inspiration for the images of a father, in uniform, returning home to his kid – she was clearly inspired (as she says) by her USO trips and that image isn’t supposed to represent Harry.

Here’s the interview. There’s more in here! Archie apparently loves The Bench and he loves all books!

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  1. Northstar says:

    Is a charity profiting from the sales of the book? I can’t find any details.

    • Calibration says:

      Does it need to be? They are making their own money

      • Kalana says:

        They are so envious! How many bathrooms? How much did her clothes cost? Where is the money going?

        They need to go back to tallying up the costs for the welfare royals back in Britain and stop trying to count Meghan’s money. Yes, she’s successful and wealthy and will keep becoming even more successful and wealthy!

    • Woke says:

      Nope the sales aren’t going to any charity

      • Calibration says:

        That we know of. But this family needs to make their own money because of the shit thrown at them my the royals so again, why are you asking

      • Liz version 700 says:

        She donated 2000 books to charities that promote literacy.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Northstar: No, this is part of Meghan making a living which is her right

      • teehee says:

        Amen– how dare anyone make money that they need to survive even if they have 2 kids to feed!

    • Joan says:

      2000 copies of the book were/ are being distributed to various charities. Announced by Meghan along with the publishers.

    • Calibration says:

      It bothers me that people ask. Like, it’s meghan and Harry’s job to make y’all comfortable
      . No they don’t need to say who gets the profits . Is that your business? No one’s business.

      • Christine says:

        WORD. I don’t understand why this is still up for debate, with many people. They are private citizens, they have been for over a year, this is not news.

    • Becks1 says:

      Not that we know of, and its not really any of our business.

    • Calibration says:

      People who question their motives, suck. They’re not working royals.. They already give much to charity. But why do you all assume they give their life’s work to charity? So many trashy handles suddenly on this page.. Let’s look at the lame bridges dollar for dollar and what it costs the tax payer

    • Jan says:

      Two thousands books are being donated in America to different charitable foundations, hope that answers your question.

    • SurelyNot says:

      None of what we talk about is actually our business.

      Maybe OP in hopes of donating to the same charity? Or not? We are gossiping .

      • Becks1 says:

        I doubt that’s why the question was asked. It’s a common Cambridge stan point about this book to insist that the book proceeds should go to charity because the thought of Meghan earning her own money is somehow triggering. That’s why most of us responded the way we did. I highly doubt this is about donating to a charity.

      • SurelyNot says:

        @ Becks — Oh, I get it, I just don’t understand the whole stan war thing. Like we are going to trash each other over a mythology we’ve created about our favorite strangers.

        I would laugh for days if she markets a line of benches to Home Depot — just to read the articles.

      • edithann says:

        I think we can excuse folks on here for being protective.

        There are two men in British prisons for separate assassination attempts on Harry because they believe he is a “race traitor”.

        Meghan has seen her exemplary reputation unfairly trashed worldwide to the point she became suicidal.

        I wish it was just mythology and gossip wars and fun. It’s not. We could all use a laugh.

    • windyriver says:

      If anything, I imagine if the profits are to go to charitable purposes, the likelihood is they would go first into their Archewell foundation and be disbursed via their projects there. But we don’t know, and it isn’t our business.

    • Market Street Minifig says:

      “Is a charity profiting from the sales of the book? I can’t find any details.”

      I’m REALLY curious about the reason you want to know.

    • Xoxo says:

      Why does it matter? Why would it be for charity?

    • EliseM says:

      She donated 2000 books to libraries, schools, and community centers so all children have access. Is that enough of a donation? Not trying to be mean, but rarely do they do anything where others don’t benefit as well.

      • Nilber says:

        I’m not sure how true this is but I know that some family services on bases are rumored to be getting some books for their KUDOS program. KUDOS = kids understanding deployments
        I don’t doubt it though considering the story she put in there about the military family.

    • L4frimaire says:

      @Northstar, the Sussexes website Archewell has a lot of information on The Bench, including donating books. I find this first question very curious. Always the Monday morning quarterbacking.

    • Nina says:

      Why? She gives more than enough. This is her making a living. She owes the Salty Isle no explanation for what she does with her hard-earned money. She is an American, living in America, making her money in America, and just happens to be married to a British citizen.

  2. Nev says:

    My Duchess!!!

  3. Lorelei says:

    I loved how prominently Christian was featured in the interview as well!
    I’d never heard of him until now, and his illustrations are so gorgeous. I’m glad he’s getting a lot of well-deserved attention due to his collaboration with Meghan.

    • Joan says:

      Yes and they were great together. You can tell they enjoyed the collaboration.

    • Jan says:

      That’s Meghan for you, sharing the spotlight.
      Christian is successful illustrator, but with this exposure, he is going to be a busy guy.

  4. Calibration says:

    I loved this so much. Meghan was so smart and wonderful. I am so happy for this lil family

  5. Amy Bee says:

    I believe the interview was released for Father’s Day. No other reason and the segment Picture this is a regular interview with authors and their illustrators. As for Harry’s bench, I can’t see why they wouldn’t ship it to the US. Wasn’t there a story that Harry and Meghan shipped all their stuff to the US? The interview itself was really nice and you can hear in Meghan’s voice that she’s in a better place and that she enjoys being a parent and raising Archie with Harry.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      Precisely! I’m amazed that anyone thought NPR just held on to this interview and randomly and unknowingly released it on FATHERS DAY. JHC!

  6. lanne says:

    Listen to her speak, and then listen to Kate speak. I want someone to make a side by side video to go with the awesome clip of Harry climbing the rope to EWF “September” and then William walking on that balance beam surrounded by spotters to the sound of “September” being butchered by children playing recorders on what’s likely their second week of lessons.

    The side by side comparison will tell the world all they need to know about why the Sussexes were forced out, and why the Cambridges are still trying to smear them.

    Meghan sounds like an intelligent woman with charisma, passion, and professionalism. Kate sounds like a drunk bride-to-be wearing a plastic tiara at her bachelorette party who’s pretending to be a princess, putting on a fake accent as she gives what she thinks is a “princess-like” speech to her bridesmaids.

    Listen to Kates word salad with Dr Biden, then listen to Meghan. It’s pee wee football player up against a professional. The royals are a joke.

  7. Chelsea says:

    I can’t with the fact that NPR had people waiting an hour and 50 minutes into their weekend show on a Sunday for an 8 minute interview lol. It’s important to support public radio though so good for them! And the book shot up on Amazon after the interview so it definitely did its job.

    It wss nice to hear how light her voice sounded in this and I love the concept of that part of the show; an author talking with their illustrator. It was great to hear Christian as well. Going off of that video they did for Save the Children last year where Archie leaned over and picked up another book when he thought the one they were on was over It’s not surprising to hear that he loves books. The part where she says he loves The Bench and she now gets to tell him “mommy wrote this book for you” melted my cold heart. So freaking adorable.

    • Jan says:

      I knew that NPR would keep it until the end, now people that never listen to NPR before, are saying they know more about Flint, Michigan water supply and the environment and will listen to NPR in the future.
      NPR asked people where they listening from, and people from so many countries replied, so shutter island media can run all the lies they want, but Meghan’ and Harry’s reach is Gobal.

  8. Over it says:

    It’s so nice to hear her voice and hear both her and Christian talk about their collaboration

    • taryn says:

      i also loved hearing her voice after so long! she sounded so relaxed, so peaceful, and that makes me happy😊

  9. Lauren says:

    I find it hilarious that the palaces had their panties in such a twist that they started briefing against the Sussexes being bullies very insistently only for this interview to be exclusively about the book and done before baby Lili was born. Zero leaks!

    • Jan says:

      BM was throwing a hissy fit saying she is promoting the book while on maternity leave, another lie debunked.
      It was mutual admiration between Christian and Meghan.
      She wanted water colors, he never worked in that medium before, but considered it expanding his field, at KP that would be called torturing the staff.

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        If he went to art school for illustration he’s used watercolors before it’s just not his preferred method of coloring in an illustration. My son is in art school for illustration and they use multiple mediums including watercolors in illustration classes.

      • Sid says:

        Jan, I recall one of the complaints from the KP staff was that Meghan had opinions on everything. I remember thinking to myself what a lazy, useless bunch they must be, that you are whining about your BOSS having an opinion. More and more I think it is clear why Harry went outside of KP/ theRoyal Foundation to work on things like Sentebale, Invictus, and Travalyst. There’s a reason he had all that under his belt while Willileaks and Kate had nothing to show after years of “work.”

    • tari says:

      these people are really gonna shit themselves every time meghan does an interview, huh? 😂

      • Yup, Me says:

        An interesting response for people who were suoposedly victims of her narcissistic and sociopathic behaviors, huh?

      • Nina says:

        Every time, and I’m here for the spectacle that ensues, damn douchebags.

    • BnlurNforever says:

      They lose their minds every time Meghan is set to make an appearance, or speak. They truly fear this woman and it is so ridiculous and truly unhinged. I am glad that more and more people are seeing this and calling it out. The BM/BRF need to find another target, (cause you know there has to be someone.) Continuing to attack a woman who is just living her life peacefully and ignoring all the efforts to smear her is something that I’ve never thought I would see, especially given how high profile she is. They also have no shame about it since this unhinged behavior has been called out repeatedly by credible people.

    • Jay says:

      Yeah, it’s amazing how consistently they tell on themselves, isn’t it? Just the possibility of Meghan getting anywhere near a microphone seems to break the royal staffers out in a cold sweat, furiously smearing her before she even speaks, and unintentionally revealing more about themselves and how desperate they are to silence her. It’s happened several times now, and it’s pathetic, isn’t it?

  10. Becks1 says:

    This is a lovely interview, and yes its a total flex that this is the only promotion she did for the book. I bought a copy for my husband and it was cute to see our boys reading it to him yesterday morning. It’s really a beautiful book.

    • Myra says:

      I love the emphasis on the book being a love story. It’s a great message for kids. She comes across as a really compassionate and thoughtful person.

  11. Crowned Huntress says:

    Meghan is always so mindful of who she spotlights in her projects and always gives them the full stage to speak for themselves & their art.

    Also excellent move giving the interview to NPR which is basically one of the last standing outlets for publicly funded radio here in the US.
    I hope the additional listeners came with additional donations for them too!

  12. Merricat says:

    I love what she said about wanting to use watercolors for this masculine story. This is one reason Meghan succeeds: her projects are very well-thought out, and she has specific ideas about every detail.

    • Topaz says:

      @Merricat , you are so correct her reason for sucess is truly paying attention to detail and giving credit to the ones who worked with her on these project and never generalize the subject she is talking about.

  13. aquarius64 says:

    CNN did a feature on this interview on its Sunday afternoon shows and positive write ups. The BM could have had this interview , but nope, it chose to follow orders from the royal households to trash the Sussexes at every turn and write about the dullards that get no traction.

    • tari says:

      so true.
      i tend to think so much of the h&m bashing from the british media is due to their bitterness that they have zero access to the sussexes now. they have no idea what’s happening in california. they get sussex news the same time and way as everyone else (sometimes after US media), their own royals are tragic, there are no real ‘exclusives’ from their royals over there (early years, anyone? lol) – and all this really pisses them off.
      they keep going on and on about shit that happened years ago (titles, bullying, etc), back when they had palace aides leaking against meghan. but now … it’s zero engagement babes!

      for all their cackling about how everyone in the UK hates the sussexes and how tired they are of them, it seems they can’t stop talking about them.
      weird.

      • BnlurNforever says:

        It’s so irrational that the BM writes dozens of articles about HnM even when they haven’t been seen and heard from and then those reading all these useless articles complain that HnM should go away. They went away, quit reading about them and you will likely never have to know another thing about them. But the irrational thing is the people who complain, go looking for everything HnM and then complain about knowing about them. Or these people read these articles in the BM and instead of connecting the dot, (which isn’t rocket science) that the BM are the ones who need to quit writing about them. I just don’t get it.

  14. Matthew says:

    I really liked the part where Meghan asked Christian to work in watercolors for this project. It’s clear that she’s a strong Creative Director. She has great taste and can pull a lot of threads together into a cohesive vision. It’s a difficult thing to do and she makes it look effortless.

    • Sid says:

      It really is an impressive skill. I’m honestly looking forward to seeing what she does in the coming years, because all of her work so far has been so on point.

  15. Amelia says:

    People (who have no right to bully the way) got mad about Harry being represented as a military man. So what? Even if she did represent Him that’s his right, he was a military man. People need to stfu

    • ABritGuest says:

      The guy in the army uniform was based on a vet Meghan met when she did a USO tour. Quite a sweet story about him missing playing baseball with his son. So it wasn’t Harry in a US army uniform & therefore abandoning his Britishness as Angela Levin & other trolls suggested. Sweet of Meghan to remember that detail & she seems very thoughtful. And the way her & Christian bounced off each other was cool. He said they vibed straight away. Must be nice to work with professionals who can keep a secret & not trying to sabotage. Congrats to them on their New York Times best seller

      As for getting a bench for Harry- how lovely is that. She must really love him to put up with his family & all this crap. Why do I get the feeling that their relationship really boosted his confidence & that was also a problem for his family used to putting Harry down as the spare who could be thrown under the bus? Ps how long until we hear of Kates super thoughtful presents for William 😂😂

      The producer behind the NPR show says she’s seen a lot of misinformation & bullying around Meghan’s interview. It’s good the toxicity of the British press & their trolls is being exposed.

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        If there’s one takeaway from all of this horrific mess it is that Harry and Meghan and really and truly madly in love with each other because if they weren’t a fraction of what they’ve been through would have been enough to drive them apart.

  16. Likeyoucare says:

    Awwwwww i pity all those satans that try to undermine and tolds lots of lies about the interview even before the interview is air.

    Its like the 4 clowns that been trick by the youtuber to comment oprah’s interview eventhough they haven’t watch it yet.

    BM medias have no shame and integrity.

  17. Harla says:

    Whenever I hear/read Meghan’s words I find them very calming and gentle, so needed these days.

  18. Maria says:

    I love that she’s wearing Diana’s butterfly earrings in the illustrations. Suck it, Other Brother!

  19. girl_ninja says:

    I enjoyed listening to the interview with Meghan and Christian. They have such an ease with each other that you would think they have been friends for years. It was lovely to hear her voice and to hear her share about how the book came about and the deep love she has for her husband and son. I don’t have any babies but I will purchase book for what it stands for and of course to support Meghan.

  20. Sofia says:

    Despite what some might think of the writing (or Meghan’s in general), it’s quite clear that this book means a lot to her and was a personal project as opposed something she created for the sole purpose of just writing something and making money off it.

  21. Nivz says:

    (Edit- Abritguest mentions this above, but here are details.)

    A tweet from Lulu Garcia Navarro of NPR who publicised the interview on Twitter (it wasn’t her interviewing Meghan, that was Balaban.)

    “The only thing further I’ll say about the #MeghanOnNPR interview is that it was truly astounding the amount of trolling, misinformation and bullying that showed up in some press and my feed. Some people even wrote in to say they’d boycott the show. Folks, please get perspective.”

    They are getting the attention of real US journalists. Let’s see what happens.

  22. Curious says:

    growing up on a farm , we the children named the new born animals. one sister had a goat, she will take him for walks. another sister had ducks, she named them all and fed them. i had a parrot growing up. she was my life. my mother had chickens on a large scale that she sold. and we knew they will be killed for food. we begged so much to not sell them cause they will be killed. her 7 children don’t eat meat to this day. that Meghan said her girls when it comes to the chickens. she is connected to them. i have a cat and i call him my son. his last name is my family name.sometimes he nags me with different vocal sounds. i and say to him, goodness you nag a lot in the summer. you like a confuse teenager. then my sons will say , leave him be, if he is not happy about something, then analyize why.

  23. TeamMeg says:

    Listened to the interview yesterday on NPR. Meghan has such a lovely speaking voice, and everything she said rang so kind, gentle, sweet and true. Christian’s comments were interesting and terrific, too. Can’t wait to receive my copy of The Bench! Sounds like a wonderful children’s book and a great Father’s Day gift.

  24. Jayna says:

    What a thoughtful gift to give to Harry. Great interview.

  25. J ferber says:

    One of the English rags helpfully pointed out that Meghan’s new children’s book didn’t crack the top 50 in British booklists. Like, people are bullying mum’s at book stores not to buy THAT book. Get a life, people.

  26. L4frimaire says:

    It was an enjoyable interview and too brief. If it wasn’t so dangerous and damaging, it was almost comical to see the nasty stories coming from the British media ahead of this interview. I liked hearing both the Meghan and Christian. When she mentioned the little Easter eggs she inserted, I went back and looked at the flowers in the book, the peonies, poppies, and forget-me-nots, which I hadn’t noticed before. I like how she described the book as a love story, and how all the benches on the front and back cover became an activity in itself. I’m glad NPRs Lourdes Garcia Navarro pushed back and debunked some of the rumors, including clearly stating the interview was before she had the baby and it was always intended to drop for Fathers Day, and also calling out the trolls. The book got an immediate boost in sales following the broadcast. It’s nice just hearing Meghan speak about her work and have an informed exchange with others. She has such and easy and fluid way of communicating and it really stands out compared to others. Shout out to Archie voraciously loving books and loving the book his mom wrote for him! Loved that part.

  27. Monica says:

    Honestly, the sh!t she’s getting from haters is reminding me of what Jackie Robinson went through.

  28. Jais says:

    My mom gets this mag called Grandinroad that sells house and outdoor stuff. The new issue came in and there’s a three page section on different benches to buy. Just saying, pretty sure it’s the Meghan-effect.

  29. Plums says:

    I’ll never be over how perfect her hair is in that vaxlive video.

  30. Abena Asantewaa says:

    The Bench is No.4 on the UK Sunday Times Children Best Seller list

  31. jferber says:

    Abena, hell to the yes. Another English lie, I guess.

  32. Bea says:

    God, I LOVE Meghan. She is so sincere, hardworking and moving. I feel that she really has the capacity to move people and inspire them. That can’t be faked. All the speeches she made show that she truly cares for people.

    I am definitely going to buy her book even if I don’t have children haha :)