Earlier this week, Duchess Meghan (37) and Prince Harry (34) received their own official Instagram profile, where under the username "sussexroyal" they shared glimpses of life as duke couples with fans.
In a short time, the Instagram account received a tremendous response, and in just two days the couple already has more than three million followers.
In other words, it seems people are very excited about the presence of the duke in social media, but not everyone is so satisfied.
The username "sussexroyal" has already belonged to someone else, according to the BBC.
– Your username has been taken
It's British driving instructor Kevin Keiley, 55, who claims to be on the "sussexroyal" channel three years ago.
He created him on the basis of being a fan of the Reading FC football team, nicknamed "The Royals" and living in West Sussex.
So he combined the two in "sussexroyal". The "stolen" user name did not detect Keiley until his son notified him.
– I received a message from my son saying, "Haha, I see that your username has been taken. Check out Instagram," says the 55 year old boy to the BBC, adding that he entered Instagram and realized that his username had changed from "sussexroyal" to "_sussexroyal_".
Despite the fact that the driving instructor does not have many followers and is not particularly active on Instagram, he says he used the app to see and enjoy the posts of others.
The 55-year-old finds it flattering that the British duke used his username, but at the same time he finds it annoying that he was not informed about it in advance – since neither the Royal House nor the Instagram asked for permission.
Instagram, on the other hand, has confirmed that the username of the user teacher has changed, saying that they have done so perfectly legally – since they have the right to switch users who have not been active for a certain period.
Keiley also has the username "sussexroyal" on Twitter. He has so far maintained this. For the BBC, the professor says he is trying to stay active on Twitter, since no one can take his user unless he is inactive.
If the couple of dukes in the future also want Twitter's username, Keiley expects them to ask permission instead of taking it. At the moment he is taking a short break on Instagram, but he has no doubt he will return. However, if he wants to follow the couple, he is in doubt.
While the Sussex couple from Sussex currently only have an Instagram account, Duchess Kate (37) and Prince William (36) have Instagram and Twitter users.
They go into "royal kensington" in both places, and it is often on Twitter that the news about the duke couple is shared first.
Among other things, the arrival of Princess Charlotte (3) and Prince Louis (11 months) were announced on Twitter, and the first photo of the first was also shared.
When the Instagram account of Harry and Meghan became known, many noticed that "sussexroyal" was already busy on Twitter. While several believe that Keiley should give the username, some also believe that the 55-year-old should keep it.
– They want to use the Twitter user for charity work. Now the user is not particularly active, let him pick it up, write one.
– Stay strong! You are the original "Sussex Royal," writes another.
Stay strong! You are "the" Sussex Royal. (I.e.
– AllThingsRoyal (@things_royal) April 3, 2019
Keiley has been a Twitter user since 2010, and his tracking number has increased significantly in recent days from 22 followers on April 2 to nearly 700 today.
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