Karl Stefanovic LAUGHS at Meghan Markle for writing poetry for her husband

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Today host Karl Stefanovic scoffed at Meghan Markle on Wednesday while discussing her new children’s book about father-son relationships.

The Channel Nine presenter, 46, couldn’t believe the book, titled The Bench, had started out as a poem the Duchess of Sussex had written for her husband Prince Harry on Father’s Day.

As Nine’s U.S. correspondent Amelia Adams explained the origins of the book, Karl seemed to find it ridiculous that the California-based Sussexes would write poetry for each other in their spare time.

'They actually write poetry together!' Today host Karl Stefanovic (left, with co-anchor Allison Langdon) scoffed at Meghan Markle on Wednesday while discussing her new children's book about father-son relationships. Right: Nine's U.S. correspondent Amelia Adams

‘They actually write poetry together!’ Today host Karl Stefanovic (left, with co-anchor Allison Langdon) scoffed at Meghan Markle on Wednesday while discussing her new children’s book about father-son relationships. Right: Nine’s U.S. correspondent Amelia Adams

The segment began with Karl’s co-host Allison Langdon questioning the words on her own teleprompter, which compared Meghan to famous children’s authors.

‘Meghan Markle is joining the ranks of Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling – oh, a stretch – by writing her first children’s book about the bond between fathers and sons,’ she said. 

When Allison said there would be an audiobook coming out too, LA-based reporter Amelia couldn’t hide her sarcasm.

Not cool: As U.S. correspondent Amelia Adams explained the origins of the book, Karl seemed to find it ridiculous that the Sussexes would write poetry for each other in their spare time

Not cool: As U.S. correspondent Amelia Adams explained the origins of the book, Karl seemed to find it ridiculous that the Sussexes would write poetry for each other in their spare time

‘Yeah, can you imagine anything better? I mean, pop it on in the car, pop it on at home when you’re cooking dinner. Meghan’s dulcet tones…’ she said.

Back in Today’s Sydney studio, Karl slammed his desk and burst into laughter, then said: ‘They actually write poetry together!’

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is to publish a children’s book next month titled The Bench about the relationship between a father and son based on her husband Prince Harry and the couple’s child Archie, the publisher said on Tuesday.

New project: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is to publish a children's book next month titled The Bench about the relationship between a father and son based on her husband Prince Harry and the couple's child Archie, the publisher said on Tuesday. Pictured in January 2020 in London

New project: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is to publish a children’s book next month titled The Bench about the relationship between a father and son based on her husband Prince Harry and the couple’s child Archie, the publisher said on Tuesday. Pictured in January 2020 in London

The book is the latest venture by Meghan and Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, since they stepped down from royal duties and moved to Los Angeles last year with Archie, who celebrates his second birthday this week.

Illustrated by Californian artist Christian Robinson, The Bench will be published on June 8, with Meghan narrating an audiobook version, publisher Random House Children’s Books 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,’ the duchess said in a statement.

‘My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.’ 

Coming soon: Illustrated by Californian artist Christian Robinson, The Bench will be published on June 8, with Meghan narrating an audiobook version, publisher Random House said

Coming soon: Illustrated by Californian artist Christian Robinson, The Bench will be published on June 8, with Meghan narrating an audiobook version, publisher Random House said

Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, is not the first royal to venture into the world of children’s literature.

Heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles wrote The Old Man of Lochnagar based on stories he used to tell his young brothers, while Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has also penned a number of children’s stories.

Meghan and Harry have rarely been out of the media spotlight since they gave an explosive interview to U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey in February, accusing one unnamed royal of making a racist remark and ignoring her pleas for help when she felt suicidal.

Harry returned to Britain for the first time since that interview for the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip last month.

Claims: Meghan and Harry have rarely been out of the media spotlight since they gave an explosive interview to U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey in February, accusing one unnamed royal of making a racist remark and ignoring her pleas for help when she felt suicidal

Claims: Meghan and Harry have rarely been out of the media spotlight since they gave an explosive interview to U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey in February, accusing one unnamed royal of making a racist remark and ignoring her pleas for help when she felt suicidal

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