Meghan Markle Accused Of Plagiarizing Her Children's Book, Author Comes To Her Defense After Critics Point Out Eye-Raising Similarities

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May. 5 2021, Published 3:42 p.m. ET

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Meghan Markle's children's book hasn't even been released but she's already facing accusations of plagiarism. 

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The Duchess of Sussex found herself under fire over the book she wrote, title, The Bench, after critics ripped into her and pointed out there's already another book on the shelves like it. 

"Before you run out and waste money on the book by Harry’s wife, read ‘The Boy on the Bench’ by Corrinne Averiss and Gabriel Alborozo … The original,” one person wrote on Twitter. 

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"Is this a coicidence or plagiarism Corinne Averiss wrote a book ‘The Boy on the Bench’ about the love between a father and son," questioned another. 

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"One will be highly amused when #MeghanMarkle has to hand over all the money she's made off it to the author of the original book, "The boy on the bench," posted a third. 

Some backed up their accusations of plagiarism, even going as far as to call for a boycott, citing similarities between the themes, the book titles, and the illustrations.  

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After Twitter blew up, slamming Meghan Markle over her book, due out on June 8, The Boy On The Bench's actor Corinne Averiss spoke up in the Duchess' defense. 

"Reading the description and published excerpt of the Duchess’s new book, this is not the same story or the same theme as ‘The Boy on the Bench.’ I don’t see any similarities,” Corinne tweeted at fans. 

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This isn't the only thing Meghan Markle's been criticized for lately. 

As Radar reported, a photographer recently came out with allegations that Markle has called the press on herself in the past in order to boost her fame. 

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The accusations were brought to life after her interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she claimed the royal family gave her zero support and the image the UK press painted of her almost drove her to suicide. 

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Speaking of Oprah, Radar told you first -- Prince Harry is teaming back up with the talk show queen and the "palace is bracing themselves for part 2."

According to our source, they are "terrified about what Harry is going to say next." 

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As for Prince William, he's seemingly trying to outshine his little brother because his PR team is working overtime amid the royal family feud. 

William and Kate Middleton dropped their very first YouTube video on Wednesday, the same day we broke our story about Harry teaming up with Oprah. 

Fans immediately applauded the couple for normalizing themselves despite being part of the royal family. In an attempt to keep the momentum going, William and Kate Instagram handle changed from @KensingtonRoyal to @DukeandDuchessofCambridge.

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