Meghan Markle’s kids’ book The Bench already a bestseller a month before release

The Duchess of Sussex's children's book The Bench has shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list over a month before it is released.

Meghan Markle announced she would be releasing a children's book, illustrated by Christian Robinson, through Penguin Random House, on May 4.

The story focuses on the special bond between a father and son, viewed through a mother's eyes, and was inspired by Prince Harry and son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's own relationship.

Meghan Markle revealed the book started as a poem she wrote for Harry for Father's Day, a month after Archie was born.

She said her hope for The Bench is that it "resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine."

Meghan's release date is set for June 8, and the book appears to have resonated with fans of the Duchess already as The Bench has shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list in the children's category.

The Bench also stands at an impressive number 14 overall, surpassing the likes of Jamie Oliver, T.M. Lowan and James Clear.

According to the webpage, The Bench will be priced at a modest £9.99 and will only be available in paperback.

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The Duchess of Sussex will also be releasing an audio version of the book, Penguin have said.

News of Meghan's book release received mixed reactions online despite its early success on Amazon.

Some fans questioned why Meghan would publish a book under her Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex of moniker.

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Others were harsher on the former Suits star, claiming she is cashing in on her title just months after Harry and Meghan slammed the Royal Family publicly in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

A Twitter user said: "Unbelievable, she's clearly cashing in on her Sussex title. This is anything but privacy."

Fans of the Duchess were quick to jump to her defence however, with one stating the hate Meghan receives as "bitterness personified."

They wrote: "Bitterness personified from the naysayers here!!! The Duchess of Sussex ie: Megan, has natural class and intelligence.

"Harry was the one who sought these qualities in a partner ( well done Harry) the world was her oyster….Independent, beautiful and self sufficient. All power to them, no doubt the book will sell."

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