This Is the Children’s Book Meghan Markle Can’t Wait to Share With Her Baby

Which children's book is the Duchess of Sussex excited to read to her little prince or princess? We'll give you a hint: It's a classic!
By Erika Janes
Apr 10, 2019

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This Is the Children’s Book Meghan Markle Can’t Wait to Share With Her Baby

Apr 10, 2019

Lots of children’s books are good reads — and then there are some that are royally good reads. As in, beloved by actual royals.

The latest example: the classic children’s book that Meghan Markle, the newly minted (and newly expecting) Duchess of Sussex, can’t wait to introduce to her future child.

During a 2016 interview, which Bustle recently unearthed, Markle (who was starring in Suits at the time) was asked, “What children’s book can you not wait to share with your kids?” Her answer: The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein.

It’s fitting that Markle, who was devoted to humanitarian work well before joining the royal family, would love the 1964 children’s picture book which details the friendship between a boy and a tree and examines what it means to give and take in the world.

 

Of course, Markle isn’t the only member of the royal family to express enthusiasm for a classic children’s tale. Prince William has talked about how The Gruffalo is a favorite of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s. Just last month, William had his own fan moment when he was introduced to the book’s author, Julia Donaldson, and illustrator Axel Scheffler at a Tusk Trust event. “I know who you are. It’s a big hit in our household, The Gruffalo,” he told the duo, according to People.

As for other royal reveals, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a fan of author L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, having called the character of Anne “...a real heroine. You could lose yourself in it. I loved it.”

And Princess Beatrice has spoken of how the Harry Potter series, specifically Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, "captured my imagination" and inspired her to read despite feeling challenged by having dyslexia.

All in all, we’d call that a royally good book list for any little prince or princess’ library.

 

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