Meghan Markle’s First Book Sits in the Library of Congress

Earlier this month, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, published what many royal-watchers believed to be her first book, The Bench, a children’s book inspired by Prince Harry and baby Archie. The book became a New York Times bestseller just a week after publication. However, few have encountered Meghan’s earlier work, A Face without Freckles… Is a Night Without Stars, which the future Duchess wrote when she was in eighth grade.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden recently posted a message on Twitter about the Duchess’s first book, which a young Meghan submitted to the US Copyright Office in 1996. According to Hayden, in the book, Meghan “extols the wonder of freckles with drawings and verse.”

A passage from the book reads: “Some people think freckles are strange, / While I happen to disagree, / Because if I didn’t have my freckles, / Then I would not truly be me!!!”

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