When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined Instagram last month, they made headlines for accumulating a record-breaking number of followers. And now they’re making headlines once again, but this time, it’s for who they’re not following: the entire Royal Family.
The expectant parents launched their public Instagram account, @SussexRoyal, April 2 and quickly gained a million followers in less than six hours, landing it in the Guinness World Records.
But now eagle-eyed royal watchers have noticed that the couple has unfollowed basically all of their in-laws, including Prince William and Duchess Kate (@KensingtonRoyal), and the account of Prince Charles and Camilla (@ClarenceHouse). They’ve also unfollowed Princess Eugenie, Prince Andrew and the rest of the Royal Family (@TheRoyalFamily), which includes the Queen. When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Instagram, they had 23 followers and as of present time, they have just 16.
And before you start whispering “drama!!”, there’s a good reason. Megs and Harry explained in a post that they are only going to follow organizations close to their collective heart, and that list which will change each month based on whatever cause they are currently supporting. For instance, this month they are following accounts that promote mental wellness because May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
According to their post:
Each month we will honour this same concept and change the accounts we solely follow based on a different theme or cause. Please go to our homepage and click “following” to see each of the select accounts and find out more about their work.
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. To pay tribute to all of the incredible work people across the globe are doing in this space, we are hoping to shine a light on several Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection – to not just hear each other, but to listen. There are countless organisations doing amazing work for mental health – please consider the accounts we’ve highlighted as a small snapshot of this global support network. We are all in this together. We invite you to explore the extraordinary stories of strength, and the commitment to kindness as seen in the above accounts. Each month we will honour this same concept and change the accounts we solely follow based on a different theme or cause. Please go to our homepage and click “following” to see each of the select accounts and find out more about their work. Please note: Images shared are from some of the handles we are now following
For what it’s worth, both Kensington Royal and The Royal Family are both still following Sussex Royal.