Meghan's first Instagram post after Megxit sees her surpass Kate and William in Instagram followers

Meghan's first Instagram post after Megxit sees her surpass Kate and William in Instagram followers
(L-R) Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Getty Images)

The Sussexes have just scored a victory over the Cambridges. 

It's a big day for the couple which has exited the royal family, and one that's been a long time coming -- The Sussexes's @sussexroyal account has now surpassed the Cambridges's @kensingtonroyal in terms of Instagram followers, Vanity Fair reports.

Both accounts now boast a whopping 11 million followers, but the Sussexes are just a smidge ahead with 11,038,255 to Will and Kate's 11,030,199 (all numbers are as of the time of writing). After nearly a year of marriage in early April last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched their personal Instagram account @sussexroyal. The account stood apart from the one Prince Harry previously shared with the rest of his family -- simply titled @theroyalfamily -- and even from Prince Williams's family account @kensingtonroyal.

Meghan and Harry's royal exit can be construed as a sign that the couple would do things a little differently from their seniors, just like @kensingtonroyal did things with a different spin as compared to their father and stepmother over at @clarencehouse.

Prince William and Kate Middleton had 7 million followers back when Meghan and Harry had started fresh. Ever since, they have been steadily gaining on the Cambridges' online popularity.

On Wednesday, January 24, just weeks after Megxit, Meghan Markle shared photos on her @sussexroyal Instagram account from her visit to an animal welfare charity. "From cats and dogs who have found new homes to animal welfare cases handled in the community - @TheMayhew believes in the power of togetherness and the special bond between humans and animals," she wrote.

The adorable post saw her popularity shoot up as she gained nearly hundreds of followers over a short span of time.


Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018, in London, England. (Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan would have come out on top a while ago if Will and Kate's following had saturated last year. However, both accounts have been witnessing a considerable surge in recent months.

Having said that, both handles are well above other social accounts held by royal members. The main royal Instagram -- which represents Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, as well as a series of other royals including Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Sophie -- boasts only 7.4 million followers.

Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie places third at 1.08 million; while Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall's account, @clarencehouse, comes in just under one million followers.

Nonetheless, Will and Kate still dominate Twitter, where the Sussexes are yet to create their own account after splitting from the former couple. Meghan and Harry are still represented by the royals' main Twitter handle, @RoyalFamily.


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