Meghan Markle ‘may have been paid £500k advance for her kids’ book The Bench’

Meghan Markle will release her debut novel The Bench, in June, the Duchess of Sussex revealed on Tuesday (April 4.)

The children's book will be published through Penguin Random House and tells the story of a father-son relationship seen through the eyes of a mother.

Former Suits star Meghan said the children's book began as a poem she wrote for Prince Harry for Father's Day a month after Archie, who turns two today, was born.

News of Meghan's book received a mix response from the British public, but it shot to the top of Amazon's children's section within a day.

Angela Levin, author of Harry: Conversations With The Prince, said she believes people who "want to know what" Meghan is "up to" will have purchased the book, as well as parents.

The royal author said it is likely the Duchess received a hefty advance for the book, which is a sum of money a person receives prior to its publication.

Ms Levin claims there are rumours Meghan was handed £500,000 in advance, the equivalent to $695,358 USD.

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She said: "We don’t know yet whether Meghan got an advance but there are rumours that she was offered [a] £500,000 [$A900,000] advance.

"The book is being sold for £12.99. That’s not extortionate, but I’m not quite sure who will read it.

“Little children, I don’t think, will read that. Maybe it will be people who just want to know what she’s up to now.”

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Ms Levin also speculated over how Meghan might spend her advance, suggesting the Duchess may give some away to charity and keep the rest for herself.

Meghan may even use it to fund her and Prince Harry's multi-million dollar home, as the couple have got "guards" and "16 bathrooms to look after."

She said: "But we don’t know, even if she has been offered this massive advance, whether she will give any money away to charity or whether she will keep it for herself.

“They’ve got a lot of expenses what with their guards and big house and 16 bathrooms to look after.”

The Daily Star has approached representatives of the Duchess of Sussex for comment.

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