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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Instagram account breaks record within six hours of launching

By Connie Suggitt

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new Instagram account has broken the record for the fastest time to gain one million followers on Instagram.

The account, named sussexroyal, was set up on Tuesday 2 April and reached the 1 million milestone in just 5 hours and 45 minutes. Since then, the account following has doubled, standing at 2.1 million followers at the time of writing on 3 April 2019.

Their royal couple's record will now feature in Guinness World Records 2020.

Before Kang Daniel, the record was held by Pope Francis, who reached 1 million in 12 hours after debuting his verified Vatican Media channel 'franciscus' back in 2016.

With just a month to go until Meghan's due date, we wonder if the next picture will be of the new baby – and if that too could secure a record? 

Both Beyoncé and Kylie Jenner have earned the title for the most liked image on Instagram with their baby announcements in recent years, until both were surpassed by world_record_egg with a post which now has more than 53 million likes.