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Lady Colin Campbell, 71, has alleged Meghan Markle, 39, has been buying up thousands of copies of her own book The Bench in a bid to boost sales. The aristocrat claims the Duchess Of Sussex has been purchasing multiple copies of the children’s book and “distributing” them to libraries.

That’s the oldest trick in the book

Lady Colin Campbell

Lady Colin made the claim while answering a question from a fan on her YouTube channel, who highlighted Meghan had “thanked her readers” for making the book a New York Times Bestseller.

The 71-year-old said: “Did she thank her readers for making it a New York Times Bestseller?

“I thought she had made it a New York Times Bestseller by buying several thousand copies of the book and distributing them to libraries.

“That’s the oldest trick in the book,” she claimed.

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star believes Meghan could have taken inspiration from former US president John F Kennedy, who is reported to have also bought copies of his book.

She claims: “It’s a well-known secret, in the publishing trade. One person who did it very well was JKF.

“There’s nothing new about it, it’s been going on since the 1940s and the 1950s,” she finished.

On Amazon, it describes The Bench as capturing the evolving and expanding relationship between father and son. 

It also explores the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family.

The former Suits actress’ book was inspired by a poem that she penned for her husband Prince Harry not long after they welcomed their firstborn, Archie.

The Bench has reached the top of the New York Times’ Bestseller list of children’s picture books since it was released over in the US.

After the praise she received, Meghan issued a message of gratitude to her supporters on the Archewell website, saying that her story encircling fathers and sons is showing “another side of masculinity”.

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“While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I’m encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere.

“In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values. 

“Equally, to depict another side of masculinity — one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness — is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike,” she added. 

Despite the book doing well stateside, it has failed to break the Top 50 sales chart in the UK.

The Bench sold just 3,212 copies in its first week of publication and has an average rating of four stars, The Mirror reports.

Although it did not gain a place in the Top 50, The Bench did reach the top of the charts for the best selling picture book.

Although the book may have had slow sales, it is expected to be a huge hit for the book’s publishers Penguin.

As they have the rights that allow them to sell the English language copy globally and make it a success in other countries.

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