Meghan fans excited to spot ‘secret Harry easter eggs’ in new book The Bench

As copies of Meghan Markle’s children’s book The Bench begin to drop though buyers’ letterboxes, fans are sure they are spotting secret “easter eggs” hidden in the illustrations.

Some of the little references are clear enough: the book’s dedication to "the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump” is surely a nod to the Duke of Sussex and two-year-old Archie.

The book's final picture features a ginger-haired man helping a young boy feed chickens while a dark-haired woman stands in a garden cradling a baby – quite possibly representing Harry, Meghan and their two children, even though little Lilibet hadn’t been born when Christian Robinson would have drafted the illustrations.

The chickens in the illustration were surely inspired by the birds seen wandering around Harry and Meghan’s Montecito mansion during their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview in March.

One fan also pointed out another possible easter egg in the “beautiful book”, say she had noticed “LiliDiana in Meghan’s arms and yellow “lilies” in the flower bed”.

The book’s cover also features a hidden “H+A” inscription hidden beneath its flyleaf – another clear reference to Harry and Archie.

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The duke and duchess’ two dogs – a black Labrador named Pula and a beagle named Guy – also make a cameo appearance within the book’s pages.

The duchess also makes an apparent reference to Shel Silverstein’s much-loved 1964 children's book The Giving Tree. Meghan wrote: 'You'll sit on his bench, as his giving tree.'

The Bench is on sale now and features work by award-winning artist Christian Robinson, while the duchess herself narrates the audiobook.

It’s the second publication the duchess has been involved with after being the driving force behind Together – a cookbook featuring recipes from Grenfell Tower women.

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