Prince Harry and Meghan Markle feature in nine of the ten most popular posts across both the SussexRoyal and KensingtonRoyal Instagram accounts, it has emerged.
The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, who run the SussexRoyal feed, are prominent in the most-liked photographs, not just their own account, but also Prince William and Kate Middleton’s platform, KensingtonRoyal.
The children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge featured on KensingtonRoyal ahead of Charlotte’s first day at school in September 2019.
Here Femail reveals the ten most-liked pictures from both accounts.
1. The Queen meets Archie
SussexRoyal: 2,903,082 likes
The Queen and Prince Philip meet Meghan and Harry’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, alongside the duchess’ mother Doria Ragland
Data provided by CrowdTangle, a social media analytics tool owned by Facebook, showed the most liked image to be a snap of the Queen and Prince Philip meeting Meghan and Harry’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
It was posted on the SussexRoyal account on May 8, 2019, shortly after his birth, and features both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex alongside Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. The family photo was liked a staggering 2,903,082 likes..
2. Archie’s birth announcement
SussexRoyal: 2,903,082 likes
The announcement of Archie’s birth with a post with the phrase ‘It’s A Boy’. It received 2,903,082 likes
In second place was the announcement of Archie’s birth – when a post with the phrase ‘It’s A Boy’ was shared on SussexRoyal. It received more than 2.9 million likes.
The post read: ‘We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.’
3. Sussexes first public outing
Sussex Royal: 2,865,770 likes
The Sussexes first public outing as a family in May, 2019. Meghan donned a white dress for the occasion while Harry carried his son towards members of the press
Third went to the Sussexes first public outing as a family in May, 2019, with photographs from the event in Windsor fetching more than 2.8 million likes.
Meghan donned a white dress for the occasion while Harry carried his son towards members of the press.
The couple chose to introduce Archie to the world with a photoshoot at Windsor Castle a few days after he was born, rather than doing the immediate hospital steps photoshoot opted for by Kate Middleton.
4. Archie’s christening
Sussex Royal: 2,734,082 likes
A wider-family picture from Archie’s christening in July 2019, shared by Meghan and Harry and getting 2,734,082 likes
In fourth place was a wider-family picture from Archie’s christening in July 2019, shared by Meghan and Harry, which racked up more than 2.7 million likes.
It featured the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, Prince William and Kate, and Prince Harry and Meghan.
Poignantly, Prince Harry also invited his late mother’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale to be in the family group photo.
5. Prince Harry’s first Father’s Day
Sussex Royal: 2,416,988
The Duke of Sussex, 35, holds a young Archie’s hand to celebrate Father’s Day in June 2019
With more than 2.4 million likes, a cute snap of the Duke of Sussex holding a young Archie’s hand to celebrate Father’s Day boasted fifth place.
The caption read: ‘Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex!’
It was one of the earliest glimpses of Archie before he was widely photographed in South Africa on his first official royal engagement meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his parents.
6. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate the Sussexes wedding
KensingtonRoyal: 2,392,696 likes
A photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from their wedding day in May 2018. It was posted by the KensingtonRoyal account
The first picture from the KensingtonRoyal account featured at sixth place – but still featured the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It was a photo from their wedding day in May 2018, and was posted before the creation of Harry and Meghan’s separate Instagram account, when the two still shared a platform with William and Kate.
A whopping 2,392,696 people liked the image, which saw Meghan in her wedding dress lying against a suited Harry on the steps of Windsor Castle.
7. Meghan’s first Mother’s Day
Sussex Royal: 2,175,307 likes
Archie once again grabbed the spotlight in the seventh most popular image – gaining 2,175,307 likes. The photo showed the little one’s feet being held by Meghan to celebrate Mother’s Day in May 2019
Archie once again grabbed the spotlight in the seventh most popular image – gaining 2,175,307 likes.
The photo showed the little one’s feet being held by Meghan to celebrate Mother’s Day in May 2019.
It was captioned: ‘Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honour and celebrate each and every one of you.’
8. Princess Charlotte’s first day of school
KensingtonRoyal: 2,130,163 likes
An adorable image of Prince George, 6, and Princess Charlotte, 4. The Duke, 37, and Duchess of Cambridge’s, 38, two eldest children feature on KensingtonRoyal in their school uniforms ahead of Charlotte’s first day at school in September 2019
In the eighth spot, KensingtonRoyal made its way into the top ten posts again, with an adorable snap of Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their school uniforms.
It was liked 2,130,163 times and marked the little girl’s first day at Thomas’s Battersea school in southwest London, alongside her big brother.
The caption read: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning.
‘The photo was taken shortly before Their Royal Highnesses left for Thomas’s Battersea.’
SussexRoyal: 1,868,851 likes
This photo was posted alongside the announcement of Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back from their royal duties
And while most of the top ten liked posts featured positive moments and happy occasions, the ninth illustrated the announcement of Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back from their royal duties.
Posted on January 8, it shared the royal couple’s intention to become ‘financially independent’.
Part of the statement read: ‘We intend to step back as “senior” members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent’
10. Meghan and Harry’s wedding day
KensingtonRoyal: 1,987,437 likes
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account claimed the tenth spot with a sweet photograph from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day in May 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account claimed the tenth spot with a sweet photograph from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day in May 2018.
It showed the royal family – including the Queen, Prince Philip, the heir to the throne Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince William and Kate and their children – alongside the newlyweds. The image received 1,987,437 likes.
On January 21, 2020, the SussexRoyal account surpassed KensingtonRoyal’s follower lead – two weeks after the Sussexes announced their intention to step back from royal duties.
But on February 17, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge regained its follower lead and both accounts now have 11.2million.