Meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Biggest Fans: What Is the ‘SussexSquad’ Community?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now royal family defectors, have received their fair share of negative media attention; ever since the royal wedding, the tabloids have been brutal. However, a video circulating around Twitter recently showed the couple in a more positive light. The creator of the video happens to be a Prince Harry and Meghan Markle superfan, and she’s a member of a community called the SussexSquad. Who are the royal superfans behind these viral videos, and what does the SussexSquad do?

Video of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle goes viral on Twitter

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | WPA Pool/Getty Images

A recent Twitter video showing off Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lovely relationship got a lot of attention–even from Rihanna.

“The most attentive husband,” the tweet read, paired with a video of Prince Harry readjusting his wife’s hair when it’s out of place.

The tweeter behind the viral video, @ ddarveyy, told the Huffington Post that she’s been a Meghan fan “long before she met Prince Harry.” 

“I enjoy it because it helps spread the love and word on Harry and Meghan,” Michelle, as she goes by in the article, said about her account. “There is a lot of negative and unfair press against them, specifically Meghan, which is a shame and really disappointing.”

What is the SussexSquad? The world’s biggest royal family fans

The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle superfan said she’s also part of a community called the “SussexSquad.” HuffPo writes that the squad is “the ever-growing group of online defenders speaking up on behalf of the Sussexes.” They explain why that was so important for the Duchess:

Meghan especially has been the frequent target of racist coverage and online abuse by the British tabloid press and on Twitter, which is roundly regarded as a hotbed of hate. Though Meghan couldn’t ― and didn’t ― hit back at trolls or tabloids directly as a working member of the royal family, her SussexSquad supporters gave the duchess a voice and defended her in real time. 

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Michelle explains that her account is the “way for me to connect with other individuals who also share similar interests,” a.k.a. other members of the squad. She even explained that Meghan’s charity work is inspirational.

“Harry and Meghan really inspire us to participate and help support good causes and I think that’s really important for people who have such a large platform,” Michelle shared. 

How being a superfan of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess Sussex, plays out on Twitter

Michelle also described her process; whenever she gets “a sudden spark of creativity, or notice something from their engagements that is consistent,” she creates a video about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, like the one that recently went viral.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace in 2017 | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

“… I enjoy it because it helps spread the love and word on Harry and Meghan,” she said. The Huffington Post continued:

But Michelle ― and the rest of the SussexSquad ― have also used their social media accounts to make a tangible impact on the world. Michelle highlighted a few campaigns she’s promoted with fellow accounts that have really taken off. 

“We’ve had a #HappyFathersDayPrinceHarry which raised over $10,000 for two charities supported by Harry,” Michelle said. The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stans even raised over $100,000 in May of 2019, for a campaign called #GlobalSussexBabyShower. It’s amazing what can happen when you put a little positivity into the world.