Harry and Meghan are social media royals after meeting like Love Islanders

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been compared to reality TV stars from Love Island after revealing they met on Instagram.

In the first instalment of their six-part series, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recalled how Harry saw a video of Meghan on the social media with her face covered by a dog filter.

"I was scrolling through my feed and one of my friends and someone who was a friend had this video of the two of them, like a Snapchat," Harry recalled.

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"I was like 'who is that?'"

Meanwhile, Meghan was told "Prince Haz" wanted to meet her – and reportedly didn't know who he was.

The revelation has left fans delighted, comparing the Duke and Duchess to Love Island stars and dubbing them "the social media royals".

One wrote: "Wait what. Harry and Meghan met on Instagram because Harry saw a clip of her on a Snapchat video. This is like living in Love Island… Harry slid into her DMs. This makes me a fan of them."

Meanwhile another chimed in: "Harry and Meghan […] the social media royals. Bring on the Instagram feed PLEASE!"

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A third added: "Okay the fact Meghan and Harry first met over INSTAGRAM like Love Islanders?! Obsessed #MeghanandHarryNetflix," while a fourth said they still fancied their chances with royalty, saying: "So Meghan and Harry met through Instagram… there is still hope for the rest of us!"

But as is ever the case with the Sussexes, the claim was not without controversy.

Some social media users didn't buy the cute love story and pointed out that Harry previously claimed the pair met on a blind date.

One wrote: "So Harry and Meghan lied before when they said they met on a blind date. Per the #HarryandMeghanonNetflix documentary they actually met on Instagram. Or is this a lie?"

Another added: "Why are Meghan and Harry lying about how they met? Was it on a blind date like they’ve said in older interviews? Or on Instagram like they now say in the doc? I’m surprised that nobody on their team edited that part before it was released. #MeghanandHarry #HarryandMeghanonNetflix."

The first three episodes of the six-part series contain a number of bombshell claims as Harry and Meghan tell their version of "the full truth" to eager fans.

The documentary, which will be released in full on December 15, sent shockwaves through the Palace, with King Charles and Prince William preparing to counter any claims they disagreed with – although the Prince of Wales and wife Kate Middleton reportedly didn't plan to watch the series.

A source said: "'There's a real feeling in the camp that Harry and Meghan are making a lot of noise and there isn't much more to say.

"But preparations are being made for all outcomes, especially if there are unjust accusations being made."

They added: "If there are parts which are blatantly wrong, then it is only right that they are corrected.

"The trailers already have some glaring errors and misrepresentations, which doesn't bode well for the full series. But the plan is to keep schtum and carry on."

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