Meghan Markles childrens book pulled from Waterstones displays amid publisher row

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Meghan Markle's upcoming book release has been dealt a blow, following reports her publisher has fallen out with Waterstones.

The Duchess of Sussex's book, The Bench, is set to be release on Tuesday 8 June.

It focusses on the relationship between a father and son and was inspired by the 39 year old husband Prince Harry, 36, and son Archie, two.

Meghan, who has reportedly picked a surprise floral name for her unborn baby girl, said of her book, which is published by Penguin Random House: "The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born."

But now, days before the book is set to launch, reports of a row between the book's publisher and book store Waterstones could hamper the UK release.

According to The Telegraph, Penguin Random House is said to have limited how much credit they extend to Waterstones, which limits the amount of books they can buy.

It's understood book store Waterstones then responded by pulling the publisher's titles from "prominent displays" across its 283 shops across the country.

Penguin Random House books are said to have been tucked away on shelves and out of sight in storage rooms.


Meanwhile, bosses at the chain are said to have also issues orders stating that a minimal number of Penguin Random House titles should remain visiable in their stores, which could have an adverse effect on Meghan's upcoming book.

A spokeswoman for the chain told the publication: "We are not boycotting PRH titles but we are doing our utmost to ensure that availability for customers remains good despite the lower overall levels of stock.

“We do this generally by giving their titles less prominent positioning within our bookshops.

“Waterstones are currently operating with reduced credit terms from PRH, the only publisher in the UK to place any limitations on our ability to trade.”

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OK! has contacted Penguin Random House for comment.

Meghan's book is one of many ventures she has embarked on following her and husband Harry's decision to step down from their roles as senior working royals, including her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The couple launched Archewell to channel their non-profit work, and marked their third wedding anniversary by announcing plans for a relief centre in India recently.

Meghan and Harry also have an Archewell podcast on Spotify and the Duke, who was reportedly told to "tone down" his attacks on the Royal Family, recently released his own docu-series The Me You Can't See.

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