Inside Meghan Markles first book she wrote as teen which mentions estranged dad

Meghan Markle wrote a kids book about freckles as a teenager and filed it for copyright protection.

The Duchess of Sussex released children's story, The Bench, last month – but the New York Times bestseller was not the first time she has put pen to paper.

As a 15-year-old, Meghan submitted "A Face without Freckles Is A Night Without Stars" to the US Copyright Office on January 18, 1996.

She had written the story a year or so earlier aged either when in eighth grade at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California.

Beneath a school portrait of Meghan on the back of the book, it explains she wrote it as part of a project and expressed her "wishes to continue writing throughout high school".

An extract from the book reads: "Some people think freckles are strange, while I happen to disagree, because if I didn't have freckles, then I would not truly be me!!!"

A note of thanks was also added to the back of her teenage creation, MailOnline reports.

It says of Meghan: "She wants to take a moment to thank her ''mommy'' and ''daddy'' who gratefully spent their time and effort supporting her."

The book was revealed over Twitter on Tuesday, June 22, by Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, who added that it had been submitted to the US Copyright Office.

Bsed in Washington DC, it is part of the Library of Congress and looks at hundreds of thousands of copyright claims each year, totaling over half a million registrations.

Ms Hayden tweeted: "Did you know Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wrote a book in 8th grade titled, A Face without Freckles… Is a Night Without Stars.

"She extols the wonder of freckles with drawings and verse. Meghan submitted it to the @CopyrightOffice in 1996."

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Royal Editor for Harpers Bizarre, Omid Scobie shared the tweet saying: "Fun fact: In eighth grade, Duchess Meghan wrote – and copyrighted – a children’s book dedicated to her freckles."

Last week, The Bench reached bestseller status for the New York Times.

In a message of thanks to readers for the success of The Bench, Meghan said: "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.

"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."

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