Prince Harry recently claimed the word “Megxit” is a misogynistic term aimed at his wife Meghan Markle. And in a triumph for the Duke of Sussex, the BBC has chosen to call the second part of a controversial documentary “Sussexit” instead of “Megxit”.
But royal author Phil Dampier insisted the term “Megxit” – used to describe the couple quitting royal duties – is not because “everyone hates Meghan”.
Mr Dampier claimed the word was used because of its similarities to Brexit.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Dampier said: “I’ve got news for #PrinceHarry.
“Megxit probably caught on as a tabloid shorthand for their departure ‘cos it sounds a bit like Brexit.
“Not because everyone hates Meghan, is racist or misogynistic.
“Sussexit or Harry it doesn’t quite work.”
The second episode of The Princes and the Press, called “Sussexit”, airs on BBC Two tonight.
It comes after last week’s episode sparked a furious reaction from the Royal Family.
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In a rare joint statement, the three royal households said: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.
“However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”
The second episode was renamed “Sussexit” after Harry said earlier this month that “Megxit” was a misogynistic term that was created by an online troll before it entered mainstream usage.
During an appearance on a panel discussing misinformation at the RE:WIRED summit, Harry said: “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, amplified by royal correspondents, and it grew and grew and grew into mainstream media. But it began with a troll.”
The Sussexes are living in California after quitting as working royals in March 2020.