Looks Like Harry And Meghan Just Stole A Bloke's Instagram Handle

SussexRoyal smashed records this week after amassing more than one million followers within six hours, but it turns out the Instagram username could have been swiped from a British driving instructor.

Kevin Keiley, 55, claims to have set up his account as @sussexroyal three years ago to reflect his love for the Reading Football Club, known as The Royals, and his home county of Sussex.

It seems he was stripped of the username this week, his handle sneakily switched to @_sussexroyal_  without his permission.

Hours later, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their brand new account.

"I got a jokey text from my son which said 'Ha ha, I see your handle has gone then'," the 55-year-old told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

Keiley admits he didn't have many followers and didn't post all that often -- but he did use it to scroll through other people's posts on a regular basis.

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He's told local radio that he was "annoyed" that he was never contacted by Instagram about a potential username switch, and wasn't alerted when the change was made.

Kevin Keiley is "flattered" but also "annoyed" that his Instagram handle was taken without his permission IMAGE: Newsbeat via BBC

The social media platform has confirmed that Keiley's handle had been changed because the account was inactive and that it was in line with its policy.

It's not all over for the driving instructor though, he's managed to hold on to his Twitter handle -- for now -- and has vowed to keep tweeting so he can retain the handle for good.

In the days since royal-stealing-debacle, Keiley has gone from having four followers on Twitter to more than 1,000.

He was quick to explain that his account was purely about football and not Harry and Megs' life achievements.

The 55-year-old was asked what he would say to Prince Harry and Meghan if he got the chance.

"Hello, Harry and Meghan. If you do want my Twitter account as well can you at least have the decency to speak to me?"

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Keiley confirmed that he hasn't been on Instagram since his forced username change but said that if he ever does log back on, he won't be following the royals.