The Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke the Guinness world record in 2019 for tallying up one million followers on the platform in the space of five hours and 45 minutes. But nearly a year later their total number of Insta followers lies at 11.2million – the exact same figure totted up by the Cambridge’s in five years. A conspiracy theory laid out in The New York Times has explored how, based on their early performance on the platform, Meghan and Harry should have passed out their in-laws.
After analysing figures, reporter Caity Weaver concluded: “I think something weird is going on with the Royal Family Instagram account.”
She questioned: “Was it coincidence that Instagram popularity appeared to align so unwaveringly with monarchical hierarchy?
“Or was there invisible mischief afoot?”
Meghan, 38, was named the most Googled person in the UK in 2018.
And between November 2017 and the end of January 2020 searches about Harry and Meghan made up 83 percent of people’s curiosity about both couples.
So why haven’t these numbers been reflected on Instagram?
One theory being explored by fans on social media is that Kensington Palace could be working behind the scenes to prevent Harry outshining future King William online.
One person tweeting under the handle @DAYSfanLA said: “I wonder if Meghan and Harry ‘fans’ believe that more Instagram followers will change the line of succession. It won’t.
They not only use Instagram to post snaps of them carrying out royal engagements, but also to reveal huge news such as their decision to step down as senior royals in January.
Their failure to gather more followers than William and Kate has been dubbed the “biggest royal watching mysteries of recent times” by fans.
After the conspiracy theory was brought to the surface, representatives for both couples denied any manipulation of figures had taken place.
But some royal fans are convinced something is going on.
One person with the Twitter handle @BaptisteKI said: “I was low key wondering the same thinking the same thing!
“Why hasn’t SussexRoyal not surpassed the Kensington account yet?”
Another curious Twitter user with the handle @brenbrenchie wrote: “Kensington royal is clearly manipulating the numbers.
“We’ve been saying this for months.”
And the account @Zininziqama said: “We’ve all known for months now that something doesn’t add up.”
Others said they believed the number proved something “real shady” was going on.
And some royal watchers even called on Instagram to respond by doing “another purge of fake accounts”.
Published at Sun, 01 Mar 2020 14:40:00 +0000