A mysterious Instagram account – with the handle @meghan – has gone viral practically overnight and royalists are convinced it belongs to Meghan Markle.
The relatively new account (it was first created in June 2022) has not posted anything yet and currently doesn’t follow any other accounts.
But in the last few days, the ‘Meghan’ account quickly amassed over 119,000 followers – and this number is likely to increase.
So why is it rumoured that this Instagram account is the Duchess of Sussex’s?
Well, for starters, the profile picture has been changed to an image of pink peonies: Meghan’s favourite flower.
Years ago, Meghan wrote on her now-deleted lifestyle blog, The Tig, that peonies made her “endlessly happy”. Pink peonies also heavily featured at her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
Plus, among the hundreds of thousands of the account’s followers are Mandana Dayani, Meghan’s friend and former president of Archewell (Meghan and Harry’s media and philanthropic company), and activist Malala Yousafzai, who teamed up with Meghan and Harry on International Day of the Girl in 2020 to raise awareness for girls rights amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Also, the account was first created in June 2022 and a few months later in August 2022, Meghan told The Cut, “Do you want to know a secret? I’m getting back…on Instagram.”
Of course, while these clues do make sense, there’s no way to be sure whether this ‘Meghan’ account actually belongs to the former Suits actress until it posts something; we’ll all just have to wait – we’re doing so with bated breath – and see…
Meghan deactivated her personal Instagram (@meghanmarkle) once she married into the royal family. For a short time, from 2019 to 2020, Meghan shared an account with Harry (@sussexroyal) but that was deactivated when the couple stepped away from their royal duties.