‘Megxit’ is a misogynistic term used against Meghan: Prince Harry says

Prince Harry said the word “Megxit”, used by the UK press to describe the decision by him and his wife Meghan to quit their royal duties, was a misogynistic term.

He said the word was an example of online and media hatred.

“Maybe people know this and maybe they don’t, but the term Megxit was or is a misogynistic term, and it was created by a troll, amplified by royal correspondents, and it grew and grew and grew into mainstream media. But it began with a troll,” Harry said. He did not elaborate.

Harry made the comments while speaking on a panel called the Internet Lie Machine, organised by US magazine Wired, at which he said he told Twitter boss Jack Dorsey the day before the Capitol riots on 6 January that “his platform was allowing a coup to be staged”.

“That email was sent the day before and then it happened and I haven’t heard from him since,” Harry said.

Harry and Meghan, formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, moved to California last year to lead a more independent life. Harry has said that part of the reason for their departure was the racist treatment of Meghan, whose mother is black and whose father is white, by the British tabloid media.

A study released in October by social media analytics service Bot Sentinel identified 83 accounts on Twitter that it said were responsible for 70% of the hateful content and misinformation aimed at Meghan and Harry.

Harry and Meghan have since campaigned against social media negativity that they say is affecting people’s mental health.