Prince Harry says ‘Megxit’ is a misogynistic term

Nov. 9 (Reuters) – Prince Harry said on Tuesday that the term ‘Megxit’, a phrase used by the British press to describe his and his wife Meghan’s decision to give up their royal duties, was a misogynistic term

Harry spoke via video at a panel called “The Internet Lie Machine” hosted by the American technology and culture magazine “Wired”.

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, reinforced by royal correspondents, and it grew and grew and grew into the mainstream media. But it started.” with a troll,” Harry said, not going any further.

Harry and Meghan, formerly known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, moved to California last year to live more independent lives. Harry has said 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.

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, face each other during a visit to One World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City, US, Sept. 23, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

An investigation released in October by Bot Sentinel, the social media analytics service, identified 83 accounts on Twitter that were responsible for 70% of the hateful content and misinformation targeting Meghan and Harry.

Referring to the study, Harry said on Tuesday that “perhaps the most disturbing part of this was the number of British journalists hanging out with them and amplifying the lies. But they broke out these lies as truth.”

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

On Tuesday, Harry called disinformation a “global humanitarian crisis.”

Speaking of his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris while being chased by paparazzi, Harry added.

“I know the story all too well. I have lost my mother to this self-made rabies, and I am clearly determined not to lose the mother to my children through the same.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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