Meghan Markle wears jewellery worth millions while reading her ‘bland’ children’s book

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, read her book on the YouTube account Brightly Storytime. (PHOTO: YouTube)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, read her book on the YouTube account Brightly Storytime. (PHOTO: YouTube)

She looked laidback as she read from her newly published children's book, dressed simply in a white blouse and blue jeans.

But Meghan Markle added some sparkle to her ensemble in the form of jewellery worth nearly R7 million.

Meghan’s dazzling accessories included a Cartier Tank watch, which once belonged to Princess Diana, worth $23 000 (R347 996,90), the Daily Mail reports.

She also wore a Cartier Love bracelet worth $6 900 (R104 399,07), a mini gold tennis bracelet from Jennifer Meyer that costs $3 000 (R45 390,90), a Lorraine Schwartz ring with a value of $62 000 (R938 078,60) and her $350 000 (R5 295 605) engagement ring, also a piece formerly owned by Diana.

The total cost of her jewellery collection is an eye-watering $444 900 (R6 731 470,47).

Meghan made the appearance on the YouTube account Brightly Storytime to read her book, The Bench.

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Meghan's jewellery included a Cartier Tank watch that once belonged to Princess Diana. (PHOTO: YouTube)

Sitting in what appears to be the garden of the Montecito mansion she shares with Prince Harry (37) and children Archie (2) and Lilibet (four months), Meghan explained the inspiration behind the book. “I wrote this as a poem for my husband and our son Archie, and then turned it into a book so you could enjoy it too.”

The 40-page paperback explores the “special bond between father and son” as “seen through a mother’s eyes”.

The Bench costs around R279 and features illustrations by celebrated artist Christian Robinson. But not even the input of an award-winning illustrator could save the book from harsh criticism.

Shortly after its release in June, critics branded it a “vanity project” and a “bland self-help manual for needy parents”.

Meghan’s labour of love struggled to make it onto the bestseller list, coming in at 40 on Amazon’s rankings.

During the first week of its release, it sold just 3 212 copies while Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, who released his book entitled You Are A Champion around the same time, sold 10 564 copies.

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The Bench, illustrated by Christian Robinson, has received poor reviews. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

It did fare better in the picture book rankings, topping those charts, but the book has received poor ratings. Alongside a one-star review, the Telegraph’s Claire Allfred calls it “bland”.

“The duchess' first children's book is all bland parenting ‘wisdom’ and no story – and it's hard to imagine any child enjoying it,” she wrote. "It shows Harry's role in this marriage is to sit on his bench holding the baby while Meghan gets on and conquers the world."

She also pans the book's grammar. "One wonders how any publisher could have thought to publish this grammar-defying set of badly rhyming cod homilies.

Alex Connell from The Times doesn't mince his words either: “You half wonder if the writing job was delegated to a piece of furniture . . .”

It’s not known whether Meghan received an advance for the book but a branding expert previously said the duchess likely pocketed more than R10 million.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, mirror.co.uk, harpersbazaar.com

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