Ever since Meghan Markle became a member of the British Royal family in 2018, it seems as though things have been changing around Kensington Palace. Sources have been open in their views that Meghan is a bit of a “wild one” in the Royal Family, which matches quite perfectly with her equally as wild husband, Prince Harry. She hasn’t always followed the rules when it comes to what she can and can’t wear, and even the way she interacts with members of the public could see the Queen turning her nose up. However, some people see Meghan and Harry as a breath of fresh air in the sometimes a bit too traditional Royal Family.
One of the rules that the Royals have to follow is no social media. Instead, a Kensington Palace account has been set up to let the world know what the Royal Family are up to. With over 7 million followers on Instagram, it’s the must-visit for Royal news. However, fans of Meghan and Harry are now in for a real treat… The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have their very own Instagram account!
A perfect match
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were clearly a perfect match from the moment they met, and they have been winning fans over since they first announced they were together. Since then, we’ve heard wedding bells…
And now Meghan has a little one on the way. It seems as though Royal Fever isn’t going to calm down any time soon. Especially not now!
Goodbye to Instagram
Meghan Markle had to give up quite a lot of the things she loved when she met Prince Harry. As well as leaving her acting career behind, it’s a rule that members of the Royal Family are not allowed to have any of their own social media accounts. So, Meghan had to say goodbye to her Instagram and all of her beloved followers and fans.
Long gone were the photos of her vacations and partying ways. Instead, she had to rely on the Kensington Palace Instagram page to update her fans on her relationship with Prince Harry. Oh, and the thousands of news sources who follow her every move, of course. It must have been strange to give up her social media.
Hello to Royal life
While Meghan may have had to give up some huge parts of her life, it wasn’t all for nothing. Not only did she get to marry the man of her dreams – a literal Prince – but she also became one of the most famous families in the world. All of a sudden, this American actress was the Duchess of Sussex.
However, if anyone thought that Meghan Markle was going to bow down to all of the Royal rules, then they thought wrong! From dressing like a Hollywood star through to closing her own car door, the new Duchess of Sussex has been making headlines ever since Harry and her tied the knot. It seems as though she doesn’t like being told what to do… Not even by the Queen!
One rule that Meghan has managed to stick to, however, is not having her own social media pages. Instead, she has had to rely on the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages that are run by the PR team at Kensington Palace. They’re the first ones to announce any particular news about the Royal Family – such as when one of the Duchesses is expecting a baby or official engagement news.
Of course, social media is still pretty new, and so it is a big learning curve for the Royal Family. At one point, it’s reported that Kensington Palace even had to turn comments off, as people weren’t saying very nice things about Meghan in particular. While they’re still learning, it’s impressive that they’re embracing the modern and younger audience.
A new generation of Royals
One reason the Royal Family is such a hot topic at the moment is simply that there are younger, fresher faces stepping into the limelight. Prince William and Kate Middleton were married back in 2011, which was the beginning of a new rush of Royal Fever around the world. They then went on to welcome three new potential heirs to the throne, George, Charlotte, and Louis.
As the excitement around the future King and Queen Consort began to fade, Prince Harry turned the attention on himself and his new wife, Meghan Markle. Not only that, but the globe has also followed other younger Royals, including Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, as they grow up and make their own way in the world. The tide is turning for the Royal Family.
Down with the kids
Of course, as a new generation of Royals steps into the limelight, they encourage a new generation of fans. And this generation wants to see social media pictures! Just seeing their faces plastered all over the newspapers is not enough for many.
We want to see the real ins and outs of life as a Royal. While the Kensington Palace social media provided many of us an insight, there just wasn’t enough for some. The world was crying out for more!
On April 2, 2019, the Kensington Palace Instagram page posted a message saying, “Welcome to Instagram @SussexRoyal” and the world went wild. What could it be? Could Meghan and Harry actually have their own Instagram page?!
It went on to explain that people could follow the new account for updates “on the work of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.” It seems as though the new Royal couple could have their own Instagram after all.
The Instagram post on KensingtonRoyal goes on to explain that people should follow that particular account for “the work of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” AKA Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Although the Instagram page used to post updates on both of the couples, it seems as though the time had come for them to go their separate ways. Could this be something to do with the alleged feud between the couples or just a smart social media decision?
Their first post
The first post on the SussexRoyal Instagram page features a selection of images that show Meghan and Harry in action, with a beautiful blue cover that features their initials entwined together and topped with a crown.
However, judging by the caption on the gallery of images, there is an essential reason behind this new Instagram page – and it’s not to share Meghan’s outfit of the day. No, it seems as though Meghan and Harry will be using their social media account for good.
“Work that drives us”
The first caption on their first ever Instagram photo sums up what Meghan and Harry have their own account for. They start off by welcoming new fans to their official Instagram (it has a blue tick and everything).
Before explaining that they are looking forward to sharing the work that drives them. Anyone that has been following Meghan and Harry’s journey will know that they are passionate about plenty of beliefs and causes. So, is that what the new account will be for?
“Shine a light on key issues”
Meghan and Harry’s new Instagram goes on to explain that they also want to share the different causes that they support, along with having the opportunity to “shine a light on key issues.” The gallery is filled with images of Meghan and Harry engaging with members of the public.
Including one of Meghan hugging women at the launch of the Hubb Community Kitchen charity cookbook back in 2018. There are also some unseen snaps that are sure to send fans into a frenzy!
Fighting for equality
It’s no secret that Meghan Markle has been fighting for equality for almost as long as she can remember. Her blog, which also had to be taken down when she became a member of the Royal Family, often talked about women’s issues and feminism.
She has even said that she is hoping that her new baby – the next Royal baby – will be a feminist. It doesn’t surprise many to learn that she will be carrying on these conversations even now she is a Duchess.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
Despite many commentators saying that the Queen would turn her nose up at all this activism, nothing could seem further from the truth. In fact, in March 2019, Meghan Markle was named as the Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which the Queen is the patron of.
Her role will see her working closely alongside young women and girls, and she even gave a speech on equality back on International Women’s Day which was posted on the Kensington Palace Instagram page. It seems even the Queen doesn’t mind a bit of freedom fighting!
Racking up the followers
As soon as the new Instagram page for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went live, it seemed as though every Royal fan went into a frenzy. Within the first 20 minutes, they had over 50,000 followers. Just a short while later they were on over 300,000 followers.
It won’t be long before they’re in the millions! To put it in perspective, the Kensingtonroyal account (which is now just for Kate and William) has a whopping 7.1 million fans. We wonder who will end up with the most?
A hello from Instagram!
Pretty much as soon as their new account had landed, it seemed as though everyone wanted to comment. No one could quite believe that Harry and Meghan finally had their own Instagram account. In fact, not even Instagram could believe it!
They commented with a somewhat bashful “Ummm… hello,” before welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex onto the platform. Plenty of other big names and famous faces were keen to comment on the first post by the couple, too.
So many comments
The comments section of their very first post is filling up with positive words from all around the world, including Oprah, Elle, and Glamour Magazine, as well a close friend of Meghan’s, Jessica Mulroney.
Huge fans of the couple have also commented trying to encourage people to ensure that @sussexroyal breaks all of the Instagram records as the fastest growing account of all time. Could they beat Kate and William’s numbers? At the rate those numbers are racking up, with just one post, it might not be too difficult.
What will they share?
We only have one gallery and caption to go on, but it seems as though this Instagram account won’t be filled with pictures of Harry and Meghan lounging on their couch and eating pizza. Instead, this is going to be an important account for the both of them to discuss critical issues that they care about.
This is likely to be causes close to their hearts, along with all of the charity work that they do. This couple works tirelessly for other people, so it looks like they want to share that with the rest of us.
Waiting for baby news
Of course, we can only imagine that this is the place you’ll want to check when it comes to ‘that’ baby announcement too. It seems like forever ago that the world first found out that Meghan Markle is expecting her very first child with Prince Harry.
And all we know is that the baby is due in Spring 2019. There has been so much speculation over the exact due date, the baby’s name, and even where it’ll be born. Perhaps this is the space we’ll find out all of the details!
Come a long way
It’s clear that Meghan Markle has come a long way from the days of posting on her own Instagram page. While this has been signed off by Meghan and Harry, it’s unlikely that they will actually be running the page themselves.
In fact, they are likely to have a full PR and social media team behind them who will take the photos and decide exactly what gets posted on the page. Not quite like her vacation selfies from a few years back!
It may be that the same team who runs the social media account called KensingtonRoyal, which is now solely the official account for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will also run the SussexRoyal account.
However, people are already questioning why there are two separate accounts for the couples when everything seemed to be fine on one account before… Is this something to do with the alleged feud between Kate and Meghan Markle? Will the KensingtonRoyal account still get to announce all of the big news in the Royal Family?
Never be Queen
Perhaps the reason Kate and William get the first Instagram account is simply because they are the future King and Queen Consort. While Prince Charles may be next in line to the throne, he’s probably not the kind of person who wants his own Instagram account.
So, it makes sense for the next generation to own the Kensington Palace account. As for Meghan? Well, she will never be Queen, and so she and Harry will have to make do with their Duke and Duchess of Sussex account.
Living the dream
While she may never be Queen, it seems as though Meghan Markle really is living the dream. It’s clear that her joining the Royal Family had played a big part in some changes in the way things are run.
She’s molding the next generation of Royals, by using her voice for good, and even getting her own social media account back (kind of). While she may still like to break the rules occasionally, perhaps that isn’t such a bad thing after all?
As we mentioned, the Duke and Duchess probably are not the specific people sitting behind the screen and posting the photos or writing the captions, but maybe they have some say in what’s uploaded.
Meghan does seem like the type who would want a final say on what’s posted on her behalf – especially since the world has already spread so much about her that she had no control over. She may be dubbed “Duchess Difficult”, but we would have to understand if she’d want to give an okay before publishing.
Proving the world wrong
Because of all the things that have been posted so far about the Duke and Duchess, perhaps the world’s opinion of Meghan has been shifted a bit.
They have been attacking her in the media and spreading rumors and gossip ever since word got out about her relationship with Harry. This Instagram account can possibly be a way to put all of those rumors to rest, and prove once and for all how much she cares about making the world a better place – meaning she is a good person.
Aside from the new official page, there are plenty of fan pages that have been created in the Duke and Duchess’ name, not to mention the entire Royal Family in general. That being said, this account is the only official page – hence the blue checkmark.
It is important for followers to keep this in mind because since the other accounts could be run by anyone off the street spreading whatever they want, this one is a professional page that only posts officially.
So, while it is understandable for younger generations to have social media accounts, some have wondered about why the Duke and Duchess necessarily need one. They have plenty of other things to worry about, after all. Well, why not?
It’s excellent PR for the two and they are finally able to spread word about things and matters they care about so the world can relate to and feel closer to them. Because they aren’t able to control the media and press, at least they can control their Insta page.
Taking Royals into the modern world
At the end of the day, it’s a known fact that the Royal Family has a few outdated traditions and customs. Going off this, Meghan has been trying to change things up and bring them more into the modern world.
As she is a feminist and an activist, she is probably the perfect person for the job. With the Kensington Palace account, the century’s old monarchy was beginning to enter the 21st century once and for all. Instagram is just a step in the right direction.