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The Apprentice star Karren Brady, 52, has hit out at Meghan Markle, 39, after the Duchess of Sussex announced she would be releasing her first children’s book. The book, which is titled The Bench and is said to be an exploration of the relationship between a father and son, was inspired by a poem Meghan wrote for her husband Prince Harry on Father’s Day.

Karren has since claimed that the Duchess’ new move could be viewed a problem if Meghan chooses to use her royal titles while wanting a “life out of the spotlight”.

The business executive said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have sought more privacy but “doubts” Meghan would have released her new children’s book without using her royal status.

Writing in her latest column, Karren claimed that it is not right to trade on the couple’s royal name ro promote the book.

She penned: “It is unknown whether the proceeds of the book are going to charity. But if they don’t, using her royal title for commercial gain would seem slightly disrespectful.

“And that is the problem with this book.”

Karren continued: “Meghan claims she wants a life out of the spotlight and away from royalty.

“At the same time she is using her status and title to get a book published.”

The Apprentice frontwoman went on to say that if the couple use their royal titles than they would need to also do their “royal duties”.

Karren concluded: “You can’t drop the duties – Or rather you can, but people won’t like it.”

Her comments come after Prince Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal life over a year ago.

In a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple spoke candidly about the difficulties they claimed to face during their time as senior royals, their lives in California, and shared the news they are expecting their second child.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to work on their non-profit organisation Archewell which aims to “uplift and unite communities” following their royal duties.

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Archewell which launched last year, to offer “classes, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics,” runs a mentoring scheme, and conducts and hosts “events and exhibitions for cultural, sporting, health, mental health and entertainment purposes.”

Meghan has also continued to work with UK charities including Smart Works which helps coach unemployed women into careers.

The Duchess of Sussex remains the charity’s patron despite stepping back from royal duties, although her title has changed from “royal patron” to simply “patron”.

Meghan announced the release of her new book The Bench, which is set to be released next month.

In a statement, the Duchess 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.”

She added: “My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”

Meanwhile, Karren’s Apprentice co-star Lord Sugar has given an update on the new series.

In a recent interview with the new publication, Lord Sugar said that the 16th series of the BBC business contest has been delayed once more until 2022.

“I think you’ll see it in the early part of next year, in fact that’s the plan,” he explained.

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