Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lose 700,000 Instagram followers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lose 700,000 Instagram followers in one year, while Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Kensington Royal account gains 1m new fans, data reveals

  • 700,000 people have stopped following the Sussexes on Instagram this year 
  • But Prince William and Kate Middleton’s profile now counts 13 million followers
  • Data analysis company Hypeauditor also said accounts followed by bots as well 

The Sussexes have been losing followers on Instagram, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s follower count keeps on increasing, according to new data. 

British data analysis firm Hypeauditor has revealed that 700,000 people have stopped following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Instagram account in the past year, The Sun reported. 

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now boast 13 million followers on the same platform – gaining 1million new royal fans in 12 months – and the Queen’s Royal Family account has 1.3 million more followers. 

Royal experts have claimed that people have grown tired of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attitude. 

Research by the British data analyst Hyauditor revealed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have lost 700,000 followers on Instagram in one year, while Prince William and Kate Middleton gained 1million. Pictured at a drive-in cinema for NHS staff in Edinburgh in May 

Royal commentator Angela Levin said: ‘They tell people to be compassionate yet neither are compassionate towards their own families.

‘They complain of climate change and tell us to be green, yet they then hop on private jets. People are deciding they don’t agree with their behaviour and switch off.’

Research by the publication found that only 66 per cent of Harry and Meghan’s followers are people, and that the rest of the followers are likely bots who ‘mass follow’ big names account.

But it wasn’t specified how many bots followed the Cambridge’s account, who last updated to their Instagram page on Friday 20 August. 

The same study found 3 million bots were part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 10.1 million followers, with only 66 per cent of followers being real people. Pictured on Commonwealth Day in 2020

The popularity of the Sussex couple have known highs and lows since they stepped down as senior royals in March 2020. 

In April, it was reported that Harry and Meghan’s popularity kept dropping and were the lowest they had ever been following Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17. 

The couple’s popularity previously plummeted in the wake of their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they made accusations of racism within the Royal Family. 

And they haven’t regained favour with the British public since, with Prince Harry’s popularity falling another three points following the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, a YouGov survey found. 

According to the data, of more than 1,700 Britons between April 21 and 22, public opinion of Prince Harry had remained largely negative despite his return home for the funeral of his grandfather. 

The figures showed 43 per cent of Britons had a positive opinion of Prince Harry, while 49 per cent regarded him negatively. 

This gave the once popular prince a net score of -6 in terms of popularity – a drop of three points from March 12. 

Meghan’s popularity scores also fell slightly following a sharp decline in March.

The couple’s popularity has taken a hit following their bombshell interview with American broadcaster Oprah Winfrey in March 2021

Less than a third (29 per cent) of Britons had a positive opinion of the Duchess of Sussex, while more than half (61 per cent) viewed her negatively at the time.  

It is unknown how the re-edition, in the upcoming weeks of Finding Freedom, the Sussex’s biography penned by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, will affect the couple’s popularity. 

Scobie claimed that Harry, 36, and Meghan, 40, initially tried to ‘find a way to compromise’ with the royal family that would have allowed them to be ‘half in, half out’ as far as their roles were concerned.

However, Scobie told People that the couple made the ‘hard’ decision to walk away from the royal family because they knew that there ‘would have constantly been issues about financial endeavors and business decisions they made’ had they maintained any ties with the monarchy.

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