The Bench: is Duchess Meghan’s children’s book a plagiarism?

The Bench
Is Duchess Meghan’s children’s book a plagiarism?

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan and little Archie in September 2019.

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Is the upcoming children’s book “The Bench” by Duchess Meghan a plagiarism? This is what the author of the supposed original says.

On June 8th, the first children’s book by Duchess Meghan (39) appears with “The Bench”. Shortly after the book was announced, however, there were voices on the Internet that it was supposedly just a plagiarism of another story. It was speculated on the net that Meghan might have used “The Boy on the Bench” by the author Corrinne Averiss and the illustrator Gabriel Alborozo.

Averiss was apparently forced shortly afterwards to take sides with Meghan. You have read the description and an excerpt from “The Bench” and “This is not the same story or the same motive as in ‘The Boy on the Bench'”, explained the author on Twitter. “I don’t see any similarities.”

That’s what Meghan’s children’s book is about

“The Bench” is Meghan’s first children’s book. It is inspired by the relationship of her husband Prince Harry (36) with their son Archie, who will celebrate his second birthday on May 6th. The Random House publishing house explains on his homepage among other thingsthat the book shows “the special relationship between father and son through the eyes of a mother”.

Meghan said in a statement: “‘The Bench’ started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.” This poem has become the story that is treated in the children’s book. The accompanying illustrations are by Christian Robinson (34). The book will initially appear in the USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.