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But after they announced their plans to step down as senior royals on Wednesday, fans have flocked to the @SussexRoyal account, boosting their following by another 500,000 in just four days.
Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, have gained 500,000 Instagram followers since announcing their plans to step back as senior royals on Wednesday night
In March 2019 it was announced Harry and Meghan would split their household from Kensington Palace, setting up their own at Buckingham Palace with a separate head of communications and a new Instagram presence, SussexRoyal.
The Duke and Duchess’ Sussex Royal account broke a Guinness World Record when it launched on April 2 last year.
It became the fastest Instagram profile to reach one million followers in less than six hours.
At the time, the couple said the account would be used for ‘important announcements’ and for sharing the work that ‘drives’ them.
The couple are now closing the gap on Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton’s, 38, Instagram page, which boasts 10.8 million followers
It perhaps comes as no surprise to discover that the top three most liked pictures on the account are dominated by baby Archie.
The most popular among royal enthusiasts proved to be a black and white photo of Harry, Meghan and Archie greeting the Queen, Prince Philip, and the duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.
With 3million likes, it was closely followed by the couple’s post announcing the birth of their son a few days before – which received 2.9million likes.
A photograph of the duke and duchess with their little one in the Great Hall at Windsor Castle took third place.
Having celebrated the New Year reaching 10 million followers, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now boast 10.6 million fans on Instagram
Their Instagram page is quickly catching up to the Kensington Royal account, which has 10.8 million followers
Gaining 2.8million likes, it was the family’s first photo call, two days after Archie’s birth on May 6.
Among the SussexRoyal followers are celebrities David Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as Princess Eugenie.
The couple announced their plans to step down as senior members of the royal family to their 10.1 million followers on their social media account on Wednesday night.
The post, which has since gone on to be liked 1.7 million times, outlined their desire for ‘financial independence’ as well as their hopes to ‘step back’ as senior royals and divide their time between the UK and North America.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a bombshell statement on Instagram on Wednesday night saying they plan to ‘step back’ as senior royals and divide their time between the UK and North America
The message about their future plans was posted on the couple’s official Instagram page and referred readers to their new website, sussexroyal.com, for information.
The couple were accused of deleting criticism from the post after some claimed their negative comments had been removed from the page.
Ex-Suits star Meghan used to have her own personal Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as a lifestyle website The Tig, but closed them down ahead of her wedding to Harry in 2018.