Prince Harry has slammed the use of the word ‘Megxit’ as misogynistic and asked people to stop using it.
The Duke of Sussex condemned the term, which gained popularity after he and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, decided to step back as senior members of the royal family in January 2020.
Harry said the British public might not have realised that the term was ‘created by an internet troll’ before it rose to popular use in the media, report Reuters.
Speaking on a video, ‘The Internet Lie Machine’, for Wired magazine on Tuesday (November 9), Harry said: “Maybe people know this and maybe they don’t, but the term Megxit was or is a misogynistic term.
He went on: “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.”
The word was used by media outlets across the world to describe Harry and Meghan’s decision to move to the US, and live between there and the UK.
Harry has partially blamed the British tabloids’ treatment of Meghan for their move.
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“70 per cent of the hate speech about my wife on Twitter can be traced to fewer than 50 accounts,” said Harry, citing a study released in October by social media analytics service Bot Sentinel.
He went on: “I know the story all too well.
“I lost my mother to this self-manufactured rabidness and obviously I am determined not to lose the mother to my children to the same thing.”
Princess Diana died in a Paris car crash while being chased by paparazzi.
Harry continued: “And when I said in the mental health series many months ago that they won’t stop until she is dead, that was I guess more of a warning and not a challenge.
“The scale of misinformation now is terrifying, no-one is safe from it, no one is protected from harm that comes from it and we continue to see lives ruined, and families destroyed.”
Harry called online misinformation a “global humanitarian crisis” and described how he and Meghan – who have campaigned against the mental health impact of negative social media – will ‘never go back’ on social media until things change.
He said: “I am not on social media, we are not on social media, and until things change that will remain the same.
“We have been led to believe that this challenge is too big too fix and I have learned over the last six months that is simply not true.”
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