A blow for Meghan Markle as her new children’s book is snatched off Waterstones displays.

The Duchess of Sussex is set to release her new children’s book The Bench on Tuesday, but an exchange of words between her publisher, Penguin Random House, and the UK’s biggest bookseller, Waterstones, could rain on her parade.

Her publisher has reportedly limited its credit to Waterstones, meaning the high street book giant cannot purchase as many copies as it would have liked.

The spat came to a head when Waterstones decided to remove hundreds of PRH titles from their displays across their 300 stores.

This could hinder book sales which would be damaging for the Duchess.

A spokesperson for Waterstones said: “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.”

The news comes as respected children’s author Gareth P. Jones slammed big publishers for using “celebrity over quality” to make big bucks.

The Bench is about the bond between a father and his son told from the mother’s perspective.

It has been illustrated by the popular and award-winning artist Christian Robinson, and the audio version has been narrated by Meghan herself.

Meghan said: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born. That poem became this story.

“Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life.

“This representation was particularly important to me and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.

“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make up, as much as it does with me.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are waiting on the arrival of their second child at their residence in Montecito, California.

The British public is in the midst of signing a petition to suspend Prince Harry’s royal title.

The petition was started by royal expert and author of Meghan and Harry: The Real Story, Lady Colin Campbell.

Will you be buying The Bench?

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