A New World Record! Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Instagram Hits 3 Million Followers in a Day
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched their official account, @SussexRoyal, on Tuesday, well over a year after Meghan deleted all of her social media pages and closed down her personal blog, The Tig.
Within the first five hours and 45 minutes of being on the platform, the royal couple hit 1 million followers. The milestone earned them a spot in the Guinness World Records book for the fastest time to reach that follower count, the organization said.
By the end of day one, they were at 3 million and had shared just two posts. On Friday morning, they were up to 3.8 followers — and counting.
Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account isn’t the only new thing in the couple’s lives this month.
Also in April, Harry and Meghan are due to welcome their first child.
According to a royal source, that new Instagram account will be used by Harry and Megan to share both their work and their personal moments (What better place to post new pictures of their royal baby!).
So far, they’ve uploaded a few of their favorite photos, which highlight their royal work.
The couple captioned their very first post: ” ‘Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues. We thank you for your support, and welcome you to @sussexroyal.’- Harry & Meghan.”
While millions of people are following Harry and Meghan on Instagram, they’re only following 23 accounts so far.
The three official Instagram accounts for the royals — The Royal Family, which documents the Queen’s outings along with other family members, Prince Charles and Camilla’s office at Clarence House and Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s office at Kensington Palace — all received a follow from the new page. Princess Eugenie and Prince Andrew‘s accounts also made the cut.
They also made sure they can keep up with charities and organizations close to their hearts, following Invictus Games Foundation and Invictus Games 2020 — accounts for the Paralympics-style sporting event created by Prince Harry for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans to compete.
Other accounts included African Parks Network, Rhino Conservation Botswana and Sentebale, the foundation set up by the royal and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 to help children affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana disaster relief charity MapAction, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and WellChild; the National Theatre in London, animal charity Mayhew and women’s advocates Smart Works; and both the Royal Air Force Honington and the Royal Marines (among many others).
The cipher, which combines their first initials into an elegant and romantic design, was first revealed a couple months after their royal wedding last year.