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Meghan Markle’s upcoming book is “personal” and accusations of plagiarism are “ridiculous”, a source has claimed.
Earlier this month, the Duchess of Sussex announced she is set to publish a children’s book about father and son relationships.
The Bench is said to be inspired by Prince Harry and their son Archie.
After the front cover was shared, some people tweeted that it bore similarities to The Boy on the Bench by Corrinne Averiss and illustrated Gabriel Alborozo.
However, Averiss quickly dismissed the claims and said it was “not the same story or the same theme”.
Another source has also come to Meghan’s defence.
They told US Weekly: “Meghan’s book's theme is…personal to her and Harry’s life and the fact that she would need to plagiarise are beyond untrue.
“The accusations of plagiarism are ridiculous and an attack on Meghan for notoriety.”
The book started as a poem Meghan wrote for her husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.
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She produced it in collaboration with illustrator Christian Robinson.
Meghan said: “Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life.
“This representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.”
On one page, a soldier is seen picking up his son as his wife looks out from a window.
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, argues that he is “obviously” mean to represent Harry.
He told The Sun: "Meghan is probably showing how much the Army meant to Harry and how upset he is to lose his military titles.”
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He added that Meghan is perhaps also "reminding readers that Harry did fight in the frontline," and that his titles and medals are not just honorary.
Harry served in the Army for 10 years, during which time he undertook two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan, and qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander.
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