THE Duchess of Sussex was accidentally “ghosted” by the author of the poem she chose for the British Vogue September issue.

Speaking to ITV This Morning, Brighton author Matt Haig claimed he refused a phone call from Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, while he was on holiday in France in July.

Mr Haig wrote the poem Meghan, as guest editor, chose to publish in Vogue.

He claimed he was on holiday when he received an email requesting a phone call with the editor of the magazine – but he refused to take it because he was on holiday.

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He said: “I was on holiday in France at the end of July and I had an email from my publisher saying ‘the editor of Vogue would like to have a phone call with you’.

“And I was thinking that’s very nice but I’m on holiday and there’s a swimming pool there.

“I had the auto-response on my emails.

“So I think I actually ghosted Meghan Markle.”

In May, the mental health campaigner was one of just three people Meghan Markle and Prince Harry followed on the SussexRoyal Instagram page.

Introducing the poem in the magazine, Meghan wrote: “A personal favourite and the best reminder during the summer season... or any season, as a matter of fact.”

The poem reads: “Hello. I am the beach. I am created by the waves and currents. I am made of eroded rocks. I exist next to the sea. I have been around for millions of years. I was around at the dawn of life itself. And I have to tell you something.

“I don’t care about your body. I am a beach. I literally don’t give a f***.”

The full poem ends with “Just be, just beach”.

The Vogue issue by Meghan was heavily criticised in the days before it went on sale.

The issue is packed full of celebrities who share left-wing views, which pushes the boundaries of royal protocol as the monarchy are supposed to remain politically impartial.

The focus for the issue is supposed to be on the 15 most inspiring women.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey slammed the move and urged Meghan to instead promote more “charitable causes that are a bit more grassroots”.

Ms Tominey said: “People are wondering what the value is of being involved in this.

“We know that she is somebody who wants to force change and that’s not just because of who she is and where she comes from and her introduction to the Royal Family but also some of her charitable work.

“We’re going to expect her to pick edgier causes than we might have been used to in the past.

“That’s all well and good. The question is: is Vogue magazine, the so-called September issue that we all remember from The Devil Wears Prada, is that the right vehicle for this?”