AceShowbiz - Prince Harry has made it clear that he's not a fan of the term "Megxit". During a fiery interview, the Duke of Sussex slams the term which has been used by some people to describe Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle's exit as senior British royals.
During a panel on misinformation and propaganda for Wired's virtual conference, RE:WIRED, on Tuesday, November 9, Harry discussed online hate and "trolls" which permeated into his life with Meghan. Calling "Megxit" as a "misogynistic" term, he said, "Maybe people know this and maybe they don't, but the term Megxit was or is a misogynistic term."
The royal went on to note that the term was coined by an Internet troll. "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," he explained.
Harry also talked about a recent study from analytics service Bot Sentinel that revealed a "coordinated campaign" of hate speech against the Sussexes. "More than 70 percent of the hate speech about my wife was driven by fewer than 50 accounts, and perhaps the most disturbing part of this was the number of British journalists who were interacting with them and amplifying the lies," the son of Prince Charles and late Princess Diana shared. "But they regurgitate these lies as truth."
Harry is actively combating the "avalanche of misinformation" in the digital world as he joined Aspen Institute's Commission on Information Disorder as commissioner. "The experience of today’s digital world has us inundated with an avalanche of misinformation, affecting our ability as individuals as well as societies to think clearly and truly understand the world we live in," the duke said in a statement back in March.
He added, "It's my belief that this is a humanitarian issue, and as such, it demands a multi-stakeholder response from advocacy voices, members of the media, academic researchers, and both government and civil society leaders."