Meghan Markle has plans to become a published author, with a children's book reportedly in the works.

According to the Sun, the Duchess of Sussex, 37, wants to write a children's book inspired by her rescue dogs.

A royal insider told the newspaper that Markle's book was unlikely to contain any gossip about her life in the royal family.

"Meghan is going to become a published author and is very excited about it," they said.

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"She loves animals and her rescue dogs so it's very likely they will be incorporated into the story.

"Any book will absolutely not be some sort of tell-all about her life in the royal family."

The source said plans for the book were in the early stages and a formal announcement would not be made for some time - but it is likely to be a best seller.

Markle is not the first royal family member to dabble in literature.

In 1980, Prince Charles published a children's book titled The Old Man of Lochnagar, which was later made into a short film by the BBC.

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York also wrote a series of books about Budgie the Little Helicopter in the late 90s, which was adapted into a TV show that ran for three series.