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Archie LOVES Meghan Markle’s picture book and yells ‘again!’ after reading mum’s book, duchess reveals

ARCHIE loves his mother's picture book and yells 'again, again!' everytime it's finished, Meghan Markle has said.

Speaking publicly for the first time since welcoming her daughter Lilibet, the Duchess of Sussex said she was delighted that her son was a fan of The Bench.

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It is also the first time the 39-year-old mother of two has spoken since her dramatic interview with Oprah Winfrey that saw her accuse the Royals of racism.

Meghan, who gave birth to her baby girl on June 4, recently released her picture book The Bench.

And in an interview with NPR, the Duchess told of Archie's reaction to the story.

She said: “Archie loves the book. He loves it, which is great because has a voracious appetite for books.

“Constantly when we read him a book he goes ‘again, again, again!'.

"But now the fact that he loves the bench and we can say mummy wrote this for you - it feels amazing.

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“It was such a great idea.”

But she later explained that it's not all about Archie - as the book also is her and Harry's "love story".

She explained: "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."

Meghan released The Bench this year, with pictures including nods to her own family including a red headed soldier and woman gardening with a baby strapped to her chest.

The duchess' comments come after the couple have faced a busy few years which saw them dramatically quit the Royal Family, welcome two children and settle in the US amid reports of a rift with the Firm.

Just this week, it emerged that a palace probe into claims Meghan Markle bullied palace staff during her time in the Royal Family may not be finalised for another year.

And Meghan gave a shock interview with Oprah, revealing she had struggled with suicidal thoughts while with the Firm.

In the interview, aired on Sunday afternoon in the UK, Meghan revealed a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her new life in the US and during the pandemic.

She said: "I often find, and especially in this past year, I think so many of us realised 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."

She also revealed she had bought Harry, her husband of two years, a real bench for his first ever father's day as a dad.

The duchess said: "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."

The interview comes just a day after it was claimed Harry and William had a furious bust-up in the lead up to Meghan and the prince's wedding in 2018.

llustrations in the book show her holding Lilibet as Prince Harry is seen feeding chickens with little Archie.

Inside Meghan's 34-page book The Bench, the pictures give a fresh glimpse into the Sussexes' "authentic" life at their LA home - featuring their newborn daughter.

Despite not gaining a place on the Top 50, The Bench did reach the top of the charts for the best selling picture book.

Although the book may have had slow sales, it is expected to be huge hit for the book’s publishers Penguin Random House Children’s, as they have the rights that allow them to sell the English language copy globally.

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