Leading children's authors have hit out at publishers trying to "swamp the competition" by continuously commissioning new books by celebrities like the Duchess of Sussex. Sales figures obtained by The Telegraph show classic authors like Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton still sell millions more copies than any modern day celebrity, with the exception of David Walliams. Ms Markle is among a number of famous faces who in recent times have written a children's book, alongside the likes of Madonna, Frank Lampard, Idris Elba and the Duchess of York. Earlier this month it was announced her first title, The Bench, would be published by Penguin Random House, and the June release is inspired by the “special bond” between her husband Prince Harry and their son Archie. But children's writers have pointed out that many end up being "absolute disasters" and that better authors are being repeatedly ignored.