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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may have been in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, but – as any mother can attest to — Meghan’s heart was apparently back home with her little ones, Archie (3) and Lilibet (10 months). Per an exclusive from the UK’s Daily Mail, the Duchess of Sussex attended a children’s book reading with a dozen kids in South Holland’s Zuiderpark, and spoke to Invictus Games athlete and British Army veteran James Stride — who was a guest reader for the event.
“Meghan was quite chatty and told me she was missing her children,” Stride told the Mail. “She said she wanted to be with children as she was missing her own.” And as this is reportedly the longest amount of time that Harry and Meghan have been away from their kids, that makes total sense. The pair have stopped off in the UK to visit Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and apparently Harry made a short visit to his father as well, before heading to the Invictus Games which run until April 22nd (though it’s rumored that Meghan flew home early to be with the kids — and we can’t say we blame her).
During the reading event, Stride chose to read a classic book that was published in the early eighties and was one of his own favorites as a child: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd. It’s something he has in common with the Duchess of Sussex’s kids — Meghan told him that it was a book that she read to them regularly, and that they were very familiar with.
Written in rhyme, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is the first book in a series chronicling the adventures of a group of five quirky dogs — including “big-as-a-horse Hercules Morse” and “Schnitzel von Krumm with the very low tum” — led by Hairy Maclary himself. And in this particular story, the group meets its match: namely, a cranky cat named Scarface Claw.
Stride shared that he gave the Duchess a hardcover copy of the book as a gift to take home, where we’re sure it will be the subject of many snuggly storytimes. We can’t help but think that Harry and Meghan’s kids are delighted by not only the story, but the fact that Hairy Maclary shares a name — at least, sort of — with their dear old dad.