Meghan Markle’s book The Bench is a coded message about how sad Prince Harry has been about losing his military titles, claims one royal expert.
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, says that the red-haired soldier featured in the book is "obviously" meant to represent Prince Harry.
The Duchess of Sussex explains that her upcoming book started as a poem she wrote for her husband on Father’s Day, the month after their son Archie was born.
"That poem became this story," she says.
She added: "My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make up, as much as it does with me."
But according to Dampier, Meghan’s book isn’t about just any family, it’s specifically about her own.
"Meghan is probably showing how much the Army meant to Harry and how upset he is to lose his military titles," he told The Sun.
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.
"For Harry, who put his life on the line and then founded the highly successful Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women, losing the titles was the bitterest part of 'Megxit'," he said.
Prince 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.
He took on the title of Captain-General of the Royal Marines in December 2017, after his grandfather, the late Duke of Edinburgh, gave it up, and the following year he received promotions in all three services, becoming Major in the British Army, Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, and a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force.
But he gave all of those honours up after separating from the Royal Family.
Days before Prince Philip's funeral, Her Majesty the Queen herself is said to have banned any member of the family from wearing a military uniform – largely, it is believed, to spare Harry’s feelings.
But if Dampier is to be believed, the young prince’s feelings about the loss of his titles are still very raw.
The Bench, which is said to be about the "special bond between father and son – as seen through a mother’s eyes" will be published on June 8 by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s UK.
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