Harry and Meghan take the crown for Instagram record

Prince William Kate Middleton Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Meghan and Harry are expecting their first child later this month.

There was some excitement on the royal front today, which saw the launch of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's official Instagram account.

Before this, the record holder was Pope Francis, who reached one million in 12 hours after debuting his verified Vatican media channel franciscus in 2016. At the time of publication, the account had 3 million followers.

It may not be a crowning achievement, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke an Instagram world record for reaching 1 million Instagram followers in under 6 hours. "We thank you for your support, and welcome you to @sussexroyal", read the announcement signed by Harry and Meghan.

The new account has prompted questions as to whether the public will get its first glimpse of Baby Sussex on Instagram.

Following the flurry of excitement, Royal watchers noticed Kate and William's social media managers had been active on Twitter and Instagram too. This comes as part of the royal couple's efforts to split their household from that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which has been accompanied by no minor amount of controversy.

Meanwhile, they only follow back 23 accounts, most of which are charitable organizations, as well as Princess Eugenie, who is one of the only royals allowed to have her own personal page.

In others, Meghan embraces two women at the launch of the Hubb Community Kitchen cookbook, a charity with which she is passionately involved, and Prince Harry is pictured assisting a conservation team with a sedated elephant on a wildlife reserve in Malawi.

"On Tuesday (local time), the profile picture was changed, as was the bio to remove references of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex".

"I suspect Harry and Meghan's team is waiting for their username of choice to become available".

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