Throughout the past year, it's become clear that Meghan Markle takes mental health very seriously. Now, the mother-of-two plans to encourage that sentiment in families across the country.
• According to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Archewell Foundation, Meghan will donate 2,000 copies of her picture book The Bench in an effort to promote wellbeing and education.
• Her debut children's book, which was inspired by Prince Harry and Archie, follows a father-son relationship through a mother's eyes.
• In other royal news, the details of Princess Diana's secret Australia trip before her wedding to Prince Charles have been revealed.
It hasn't been an easy time for families, and Meghan Markle is attempting to assuage the difficulties parents and children might have experienced.
According to the Archewell Foundation, she is teaming up with the nonprofit First Book to distribute 2,000 copies of The Bench to libraries, schools, and organizations across the US.
"After more than a year of unprecedented challenges for schoolkids and families everywhere, The Duchess believes the path ahead must include a focus on well-being — and nourishing our communities through food, education, and emotional and mental health support," the statement read.
The Duchess has always been open about mental health—which has garnered international attention—and she is working to ensure all ages realize just how significant it is.
The Bench might've received a disappointing blow upon its release this week in the form of a negative review, but the Duchess is carrying is on and putting others before herself, in true Meghan and Harry fashion. The book, which actually began as a poem to Prince Harry, is but one of her many attempts to give back to families. In lieu of presents for Meghan and Harry's daughter Lilibet Diana, the couple is asking that royal fans donate to organizations for women and girls.
"For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organizations working for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation," a statement on the Archewell Foundation read.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.
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