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So Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has published her first children’s book. Cue the pitiful outcry and relentless sniping over every single thing she does, Kerry Parnell writes.

What’s the big deal with Meghan writing a children’s book? Of all the things to get annoyed about, “celebrity pens a kids’ book”, isn’t one of them.

You may consider it cheesy; you might roll your eyes and think, “there goes another chance for normal authors to ever get a book deal”, as publishers continue to default to printing the good, bad and downright rubbish efforts of anyone with a household name, knowing they would shift a gazillion copies even if every page was blank.

But when I saw the announcement this week that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is publishing her first children’s book The Bench, I did not at any point feel the need to write, “she continues to cynically exploit her royal titles because she knows that’s the only reason anyone is paying her vast sums of money to spew her uniquely unctuous brand of pious hectoring gibberish”, like Piers Morgan did.

She’s in no way the first royal, or celebrity, to turn kids’ author. Fergie has been pumping out children’s books for years including her Budgie The Little Helicopter and Little Red series.

She’s written self-help and diet books and now a Mills and Boon romance. Nobody is shouting about that. Even Prince Charles wrote The Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

As for celebrities, it’s more of a question of who hasn’t written one. Alongside the tsar of the genre David Walliams, is everyone from Tori Spelling, Natalie Portman, Barack Obama, Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis, Madonna, Russell Brand, Bruce Springsteen, Ricky Gervais, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, Simon Cowell, Zoe Foster Blake, Peter Helliar, Isla Fisher and Kate Ritchie to name just a few.

Some of the books are good, some are … not.

I appreciate Harry and Meghan quit the Royal Family citing they wanted privacy, then aired so much dirty laundry on Oprah that even the talk-show queen was lost for words, but my question is, do we really need to be outraged by every single thing Meghan does?

We do not.

If she wants to write a book, whoopee-do for her. If you don’t like it, fine.

It might be heartfelt, it might be cynical, it might be disingenuous, or a work of genius — I really don’t care.

What I do care about is the relentless sniping over every single thing she does, mainly because it is getting extremely boring. It’s possible to not be a fan of someone without having to bang on about it all the time.

The more the anti-Meghan brigade scream and shout, the more publicity each venture gets anyway — her book is currently a top 10 bestseller on Amazon and it’s not even out until next month.

Finally, even if it is twaddle, if it gets thousands of parents reading to their kids, we can all agree that is a good thing.

In the words of Roald Dahl, who all these celebrities so desperately aspire to be: “Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea.”

So turn back your gunships, keyboard warriors, and hold fire. You’ll never sink her anyway.

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