Princes, pornstars, and other mistaken Twitter identities

Sussex Royal

The Duke and Duchess of Camridge have been accused of "stealing" the @sussexroyal handle from a Sussex-based Reading FC fan.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Sussex-based driving instructor Kevin Keiley has become an unlikely celebrity after he claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stole his Instagram handle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared photos with their followers under the handle @Sussexroyal, which had previously belonged to Mr Keiley.

Mr Keiley was told by an Instagram spokesperson that his handle was changed due to his account being “inactive”.

He has now begun tweeting in an attempt to save his Twitter account, which he refers to as “the original and only Sussexroyal”.

Mr Keiley isn't the only person to find sharing a social media handle with a celebrity has its downsides...


Virginian John Lewis has arguably become a celebrity in his own right after speaking out about the problems caused by users mistaking him for the retail store.

The computer science educator even appeared in a Christmas advert for Twitter, which showed him replying to tweets from mistaken John Lewis customers.  



Cricket fans hoping to learn all the latest news from their favourite tournament by following @theashes will be in for a disappointment.

Massachusetts-based Ashley Kerekes has had to tweet that she is “not a freaking cricket match” after being bombarded by Australian and British fans.

Ms Kerekes, who knew nothing about the sport, started #teachtheashestheashes to learn more about her namesake, and has since travelled to Australia to watch her first Test.



Unfortunately for United States vice-president Mike Pence, Twitter handle @mikepence was taken by the time he joined the platform in 2009.

To add insult to injury, the US-based engineer behind @mikepence is an outspoken critic of Trump’s administration, referring to his famous namesake as a ‘Christo-fascist politician’ and regularly retweeting other critics of the Republican party.



Brexiteers angry with Theresa May’s Brexit position should check twice before tweeting their outrage at @RealTeresaMay.

The account belongs to UK pornstar Teresa May, who shot to fame after appearing in the music video for The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My B***h Up’.

Ms May takes a dim view of those that confuse her for Mrs May, however, telling one: “If you do some research before including irrelevant people in your tweets you wouldn’t make yourself look foolish. The UK Prime Minister is @theresa_may not me.”

Ms May confirmed she had met the prime minister in a 2016 tweet, although did not go into further details.