Harry and Meghan’s new Instagram account has broken a world record

The royal couple gained one million followers in less than six hours

Harry and Meghan (Getty)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already broken a world record with their brand new Instagram account – by gaining a million followers in less than six hours.

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The official sussexroyal account was launched on Tuesday 2nd April and, at the time of writing, has over three million followers.

More than a million Instagram users liked the account’s first post, which featured a series of images of the couple making official visits around the world with the caption: “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.”

The royals, who are expecting their first child, beat a record previously held by South Korean K-pop singer Kang Daniel, who reached the million mark in 11 hours and 36 minutes.

Before him, the record was held by Pope Francis, who garnered a million followers in the space of 12 hours.

Guiness World Records confirmed the royals’ achievement with a Twitter post.

The sussexroyal account splits their Instagram feed from the one they shared with the Prince William and Kate Middleton, kensingtonroyal, which has 7.3 million followers.

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Markle, who rose to fame as an actress in the US series Suits, deleted all her personal social media accounts ahead of the Royal Wedding in 2018.