Prince Harry insists Megxit is a misogynistic term aimed at wife Meghan Markle
Prince Harry has insisted that the term "Megxit" is a misogynistic insult aimed at his wife, Meghan Markle.
The phrase was popularised by various media outlets worldwide following Harry and the Duchess Of Sussex's decision to step down from royal duties in early 2020 and move to the States.
And speaking on the Re:Wired panel about the dangers of the internet, the 37 year old drew from personal experience as he spoke of "royal experts" interacting with troll accounts to normalise the term "Megxit".
"70 per cent of the hate speech about my wife on Twitter can be traced to fewer than 50 accounts," Harry explained.
Harry continued: "Perhaps the most troubling part of this is the number of British journalists interacting and amplifying the hate and the lies. They regurgitate these lies as truth.
"In fact, the term – maybe people know this or don't – 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 onto mainstream media, but it began with a troll."
"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 added that both he and Meghan do not use social media and will stay away from online social platforms until "things change".
During his talk, Harry also claimed that in January, he warned Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey that by spreading conspiracy theories about the US election, his platform could incite violence.
He was ignored, and pro-Trump supporters then stormed the US Capitol to try and overturn the election.
The role of social media in spreading conspiracy theories is being investigated.
The Prince recalled: "Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6 where I warned him 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."
In March, Harry joined the Aspen Institute to take part in a six-month study on the state of American misinformation and disinformation – and the results were shocking.
The Duke claimed that social media sites should take responsibility and not spread 'hate and lies' after a Facebook whistleblower spread documents alleging it was prioritising profit over user safety.
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