Royal Fans Accuse Meghan Markle of Plagiarism after Her 1st Book Cover Was Revealed on Twitter
Meghan Markle has gone under scrutiny as royal fans accused the Duchess of plagiarising her first children's book published in 1996.
On Twitter, Carla Hayden, the librarian of congress, shared a fun fact about Meghan Markle's first work as a children's books author. Hayden's tweet read that Markle wrote the book when she was 14 years old and in the eighth grade.
The librarian's tweet also read a catchy quote from Markle's book, "A face Without Freckles… is a Night without Stars." She added that Markle creatively admired the "wonders of freckles" in her book.
Hayden noted that the then 14-year-old Markle copyrighted her book in 1996. While some fans were elated about the old-time book, as they showed their approval, many took to the comments stating that there was something amiss with the quote.
Soon enough, they accused the Duchess of Sussex of plagiarism. Some netizens pointed out that the quote came from Pala Joy Waltar's song, "A Sky With No Blue."
One person accused the mom-of-two of stealing and copyrighting other people's works. A second critic added that the quote was a common saying and of Irish origin.
The idea stemmed after she bought Harry a bench for his first Father's Day.
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. From @librarycongress collection: pic.twitter.com/7XgSLTV1rc— Carla Hayden (@LibnOfCongress) June 22, 2021
More updates on the issue had shown that Markle got the quote from her dad, who used to say those words to her when she was younger. The contents of the book present a watercolor painting of a little girl with freckles.
The illustration is said to represent the author. The book also carries an autobiography of Markle at the rear and a picture of her teenage self. A copy of Markle's book is kept at the Library of Congress in the United States.
She plagiarised the lyric from a Pala Joy Waltar song, A Sky With No Blue Musical note. The lyrics include the lines “a girl without freckles is like a night without stars". She was stealing & copyrighting other people’s creative ideas even then.— Ayramrosi (@aryamrosi) June 22, 2021
Markle's recently released children's book, "The Bench," has met the same fate. Some critics called her out and accused her of plagiarizing the work of another author, Corrinne Averiss.
However, Averiss has spoken up about the development, establishing no correlations between the two books. Her book, "The Boy On The Bench," is about overcoming fear.
Markle's book is about the bond of a father and his son, being told from the mother's perspective. She also drew inspiration from her husband, Prince Harry, and their little bit, Archie.
"The Bench" is Markle's book about parental love. The idea stemmed after she bought Harry a bench for his first Father's Day. Beneath it, a father-son poem was inscribed.