Tom Slater Tom Slater

Harry and Meghan, the term ‘Megxit’ isn’t sexist

Just when you thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s collective victim complex couldn’t get any more vast and cavernous, up they pop again to make clear, in pained tones, just how persecuted this multimillionaire formerly royal couple believe themselves to be.

We already knew that their allies think ‘Megxit’ was all about racism. That their departure from the monarchy, freeing them up to cut lucrative deals in the United States, was forced by their supposedly racist treatment by the tabloids. Now we learn it was also all about misogyny, and that the term ‘Megxit’ is itself shot through with hatred for the Duchess of Sussex.

Speaking this week on an online panel, hosted by Wired, about disinformation, Prince Harry said ‘the term Megxit was or is a misogynistic term’. Apparently ‘it was created by a troll, amplified by royal correspondents and it grew and grew on to mainstream media but it began with a troll’.

Those of us who have been mindlessly repeating what we all assumed was a cheeky tabloid coinage are apparently complicit

Those of us who have been mindlessly repeating what we all assumed was a cheeky tabloid coinage are apparently complicit. This was just one example of how the internet is being ‘defined by hate, division and lies’, according to Harry, who is working with the Aspen Institute on a study of online misinformation and disinformation. 

What Harry is gesturing to here has been known for some time — namely, that ‘Megxit’ was a thing in the murkier corners of the internet, years before the House of Sussex made their blow for independence. A Vanity Fair article published days after Megxit explained that the term had long been used by Markle’s more vociferous critics.

But we all know what Harry is trying to do here.

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