Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor made her public debut in her mother Megan Markle’s new children’s book.
The baby – who will be known as Lily – appears in one of the illustrations in Markle’s book The Bench, which comes out on Tuesday.
One of the illustrations by California-based artist Christian Robinson shows Lily clutching the Duchess of Sussex’s arms while her mother, sketched in a sun hat, white T-shirt and jeans, stands in a vegetable patch.
Last month, Markle announced that the book – which is available for pre-sale on Amazon for $ 13.16, compared to $ 18.99 – was inspired by a poem she wrote for her husband, Prince Harry, on Father̵
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Markle, who gave birth to Lillibet on June 4, said she would explore the “special bond between father and son” as “seen through the eyes of a mother” – and dedicated the book to Harry and Archie, writing in a caption calligraphy: “For the man and the boy who make my heart pump.”
In fact, the book includes an illustration of Harry and Archie, recognizable by their red hair, sitting on a bench feeding the family’s rescue chickens, which the couple accommodates at their $ 14.5 million mansion in Montecito, California.
They showed the chickens during their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
Markle gave his Hollywood friends copies of The Bench, published by Random House Children’s Books, with Los Angeles-based photographer Gray Malin promoting the book to his 35,400 followers on Instagram on Friday, sharing a video when he opened the front page to reveal an unseen illustration of Harry and Archie.
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Her close friend, Pilates instructor Heather Dorak, also posted a copy online with a note from Markle that read, “From one mother to another, about the love of our boys.”
In an illustration released earlier, a red-haired soldier resembling Harry wearing an American-style army hat is seen holding his young son up while a woman watches and cries from the window.
Harry serves in Afghanistan with the “blues and kings” and the words are, “This is your bench where life begins, for you and our son, our baby, our relatives.”
The first illustration in the book is also that of Harry and Archie walking hand in hand. The Duke of Sussex can be seen wearing a gray polo shirt and blue jeans.
Another image shows a father with a boy sleeping on a deck chair outside. A press release said the book included “a diverse group of fathers and sons.”
Markle, who uses the nickname Megan, the Duchess of Sussex, also recorded the audiobook, which will be available for $ 6.95.
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She said in a statement: “The bench began as a poem I wrote about my husband on Father’s Day, a month after Archie’s birth.
“This poem has become this story. Christian is layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of fathers and sons in all walks of life; this performance was especially important to me and Christian and I. we worked closely to depict this special connection through an inclusive lens.
“I hope The Bench resonates with every family, regardless of makeup, as well as mine.”
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It is not known how much Markle received in advance for the book and whether any of the proceeds will be donated to charity, but branding experts estimate that it could earn about $ 700,000 after the war.