Thursday, 17 Jun 2021

Meghan Markle’s book faces scathing review for having no ‘crocodiles’ on cover

Meghan Markle's new book will not appeal to young children, a royal commentator has blasted.

Angela Levin refuses to believe The Bench will attract its target audience of youngsters into grabbing it off the shelves.

The Prince Harry biographer told Sky News that without the likes of 'scary crocodiles' or 'little people in helicopters', kids will not be interested in the Duchess of Sussex's debut release.

Sky News journalist Fraser Knight shared television the footage on Twitter with the sarcastic caption: "A *glowing* review of Meghan Markle’s new kids book ‘The Bench’ by royal biographer @angelalevin1".

Meghan, 39, announced last month that the £12.99 book is inspired by a poem she wrote for her husband on Father's Day.

It will explore the "special bond between father and son" as "seen through a mother's eyes".

The Bench was released in the UK on Tuesday.

Mr Levin said: "I don't mean to be nasty but I think the book is supposed to be for children, one till five I was told however I can't see anything less like likely to draw children's attention.

"To have a book with a cover where it's just a bare bench, I don't think is going to appeal to small children.

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"They like scary crocodiles or little people in helicopters or just sort of mini folk who are on it. Elephants, something like that to draw their attention. I don't think they'e fascinated by a bench."

Brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer has told the Daily Star that he doesn't think the book will be well received in the UK.

Mr Schiffer says that Meghan "could have invented the first Covid vaccine in England and citizens would have shunned it".

This is far from the first time Ms Levin has laid a glove on the Sussexes.

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The royal expert this week branded Prince Harry as "cunning" for naming his newly born daughter Lilibet, after the Queen, The Express reports.

She told Talk Radio: “I actually think it is a terrible invasion of the Queen’s privacy.

“This was a special name that her grandfather King George IV gave her when she was very small.

"She could not say Elizabeth… she used to say Lilibet.

“And then the Duke of Edinburgh picked this up and called it to her."

Ms Levin added: "It was another way of saying darling.

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“It is a very loving, emotional, intimate name."

But the royal expert said: “And I think that his death was so few weeks ago that it is a very distasteful!"

And in a brutal putdown, Ms Levin raged: "I absolutely think it is terrible!

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