Meghan Markle to give first interview since Lilibet's birth after book The Bench tops New York Times Best Seller list

MEGHAN Markle will give an interview about her children's book The Bench this weekend.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is meant to be on maternity leave after giving birth to Lilibet Diana on June 4.

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But her spokesman Omid Scobie confirmed she will be chatting about her first book on the NPR Weekend radio show in the US on Sunday.

He tweeted: "Fresh off the heels of her first children’s book becoming a certified #1 New York Times bestseller, Duchess Meghan will be giving her only interview about #TheBench to @samanthabalaban at the renowned
@NPRWeekend show, this Sunday between 8am-10am Eastern."

Meghan was "inspired" to pen The Bench after originally writing a poem for Harry's first Father's Day from their son Archie.

She has also narrated an audiobook of the tale, which topped the New York Times Bestsellers list for kid's picture books.

Meghan described her first work as a published author as "a love letter to my husband and son".

The duchess also bragged the book could "model a new world" and shows "another side of masculinity".

On her Archewell website, she said of the book's success: "While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I’m encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere.

"In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values.

"Equally, to depict another side of masculinity — one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness — is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike.

"Thank you for supporting me in this special project."

The Bench was released on June 8 in the UK, Ireland, US, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.

Despite roaring success in the US, it failed to break the Top 50 in the UK for sales, shifting just 3,212 copies in its first week of publication with an average rating of four stars, The Mirror reports.

And it is already appearing on reduced shelves and in bargain bins in book shops across the country.

The book was kept off the top spot in the UK by Marcus Rashford's novel You Are A Champion, which sold 10,564 copies in a past week.

Meghan's interview will be the first since giving birth to baby Lilibet in California earlier this month.

She was due to fly back with Prince Harry next month for the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue at Kensington Palace.

But The Sun confirmed she will stay in the US with baby Lili instead of making the 5,000-mile trip from California.

Harry could now bring Archie with him for the ceremony, which would be the first time the Royal Family has seen him since Megxit more than a year ago.

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