ICYMI: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got their own official Instagram account. However, the couple’s social media debut caused more drama than we ever thought possible, because their handle (@sussexroyal) was apparently stolen from another user.
As Page Six points out, the account previously belonged to a British diving instructor named Kevin Keiley. Although he had the handle for three full years, that all changed when he woke up on April 2 only to find it had been changed from @sussexroyal to @_sussexroyal_.
Keiley discussed the matter in an interview with Radio 1 Newsbeat, where he revealed that his son pointed it out. “I got a jokey text from my son, which said, ‘Ha ha, I see your handle has gone then,’” he said. “I thought ‘What’s that all about?’ He said, ‘Look on Instagram,’ so I looked on Instagram and suddenly my handle wasn’t @sussexroyal anymore it was @_sussexroyal_ .”
While it may seem like a first-world problem, Keiley can’t help but feel “annoyed,” considering no one from the royal family’s team—nor Instagram—reached out regarding the matter.