Meghan Markle’s The Bench is priciest audiobook per word on Amazon

Meghan Markle’s audiobook version of The Bench is the most expensive one sold by Amazon if judged by length, according to reports.

Her debut title, which is just 186 words long, is currently on sale on the internet retail giant for £10.49.

And the cover price means it will cost shoppers 5.6p per word to listen to.

According to the Times, this makes it the priciest audiobook being sold by the website if judged by length versus price.

Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon, said the book’s publisher Penguin Random House is responsible for setting the price.

The hardback version of the book, which was released on Tuesday, June 8, has a recommended retail price (RRP) of £12.99.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, announced last month the book was inspired by a poem she wrote for her husband Prince Harry, 36, on Father's Day.

She said it will explore the "special bond between father and son" as "seen through a mother's eyes”.

The book has illustrations of Harry and the couple’s two-year-old son Archie feeding their chickens while Meghan is in the garden with her dogs.

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The book has been illustrated by Christian Robinson, who said he had been “totally vibing” with the duchess on a first Zoom call to discuss the project.

He told NBC it was “really surreal and exciting”.

In a statement, Meghan previously 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.

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

She said the illustrations “capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life”.

Meanwhile, a royal expert has claimed that senior members of the Firm won’t publicly discuss the book.

Brittani Barger, deputy editor of the US website Royal Central, said they might read it privately instead.

She added: “I expect the book to do pretty well.

“The Sussexes have a lot of supporters who will buy the book, and marketing should help with social media campaigns.”

The Daily Star has contacted Penguin Random House for comment.

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