Jennifer Aniston breaks Meghan and Prince Harry's world record

Francesca Specter
·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 11: Jennifer Aniston attends the photocall of Netflix's "Murder Mystery" at Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey on June 11, 2019 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Jennifer Aniston attends the photocall of Netflix's 'Murder Mystery'. [Photo: Getty]

Jennifer Aniston’s Instagram account has broken Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s world record for gaining the most followers in the shortest space of time.

The 50-year-old star, best known for starring as Rachel in Friends, joined Instagram on Tuesday this week and promptly broke the internet.

She marked her debut on the platform by sharing an image of herself together with her five fellow Friends co-stars, including Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.

The account appeared with a blue tick to show it was “verified” and definitely associated with the star, rather than being one of her many fan accounts on the platform.

Jennifer Aniston selfie Friends cast
Jennifer shared a selfie with her 'friends'. Photo: Instagram/jenniferaniston

While the post itself has received 13 million likes, it has crucially broken the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s record for gaining followers.

The royal pair gained one million followers in just six hours when they launched their joint Instagram account, @SussexRoyal, in April this year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle previously held the Instagram record for the fastest account to gain a million followers. [Photo: Getty]

But Jennifer surpassed this feat, gaining the same number of followers in just under five hours and 16 minutes. The record was announced on the Guinness World Records website yesterday evening.

The moment was also chronicled in a video shared by Twitter user Neil Vorderman.

Jennifer’s arrival on Instagram on Tuesday also saw the platform temporarily crash. An event she marked by sharing a second post yesterday evening, this time of her looking at her phone before throwing it down in jest.

“I swear I didn’t mean to break it,” she captioned the image.

The most-followed Instagram account in the world is currently Instagram itself, followed by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

As for other Instagram records, the Guinness World Record for the most-liked post on the platform is currently held by an egg. The @world_record_egg’s first Instagram post – later revealed to be part of a mental health campaign – boasts almost 54 million likes at time of writing.

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