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Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Break Instagram Record For First One Million Followers In 45 Minutes

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have broken the record for the fastest time to gain one million followers on Instagram.

The account, @sussexroyal, was set up on Tuesday and reached the one million milestone in just five hours and 45 minutes.

Guinness World Records congratulated the couple, who are expecting the birth of their first baby this month, on Twitter.

“Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose new @instagram account sussexroyal reached 1 million followers in less than 6 hours,” the organisation tweeted.

The couple’s account now has more than 2.5 million followers and just one post so far, a gallery of photos of Harry and Meghan and people they met on their engagements, which has more than 900,000 likes.

Guinness World Records said the previous record was held by K-Pop star Kang Daniel, who achieved one million followers in 11 hours 36 minutes after posting a selfie with the caption “HELLO”.

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.

Harry and Meghan’s first post read: “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.

The couple are both patrons of a variety of organisations, with the Duchess serving as patron of the Royal National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities and Smart Works.

Prince Harry is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, the Rugby Football Union and the London Marathon.

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