KEY POINTS

  • David Attenborough holds the Guiness World Record for the fastest time to gain one million followers on Instagram
  • Attenborough gained 4.4 million followers in three days
  • Jennifer Aniston previously snatched the record from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 

British naturalist Sir David Attenborough is now the newest holder of the Guinness World Records' fastest time to reach one million followers on Instagram. Jennifer Aniston previously held the title after snatching it from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Attenborough joined the social media platform on Sept. 24. He shared a video of him talking about exploring wild places and saving the planet for his first post. In just four hours and 44 minutes, Attenborough gained one million followers, according to Guiness World Records.

"I am making this move and exploring this new way of communication to me because, as we all know, the world is in trouble . . . Over the next few weeks, I'll be recording messages to explain what the problems are and how we can deal with them," he said in the clip.

The post was accompanied by a lengthy caption explaining that Attenborough will be uploading exclusive videos for Instagram, but there are other people managing it for him.

"That’s why we want to share this message on Instagram. Because there is hope and together, we can inspire change," the caption read.

"Social media isn’t David’s usual habitat so while he’s recorded messages solely for Instagram, like the one in this post, we're helping to run this account. In case you’re wondering, ‘we’ are Jonnie and Colin and we worked with David on A Life On Our Planet."

After three days, Attenborough gained 4.4 million followers and counting. Meanwhile, Aniston held the title in October after sharing a photo of her with her "Friends" co-stars Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer. Aniston made one million followers after 5 hours and 16 minutes.

"And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM,” “The Morning Show” star wrote in the caption at the time.

Prior to Aniston, Prince Harry and Markle also claimed the same title when they launched their Sussex Royal account. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex set up the account on April 2, 2019 and made one million followers in five hours and 45 minutes. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer using the account after they decided to step down from their royal duties early this year.

David Attenborough has criticised Australia over its coal emissions and for not giving 'a damn what it does to the rest of the world' David Attenborough has criticised Australia over its coal emissions and for not giving 'a damn what it does to the rest of the world' Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN