Prince Harry complained to the BBC over their use of the term Megxit, claiming that it was “misogynistic” and “created by a troll”. The BBC has since changed the title of the second part of their documentary, ‘The Princes and the Press’, which was initially going to be using the term as its title. Writing about the Prince’s complaint, royal commentator Judith Woods said it “undermined” the fight against Misogyny.
She said: “Misogyny is a hugely serious, desperately urgent issue.
“It is why the women and girls of Afghanistan are being denied universal human rights.
“Why our female MPS are bullied and threatened on a daily basis.
“Why some of us would rather stop a bus driver than turn to a policeman for help.
“Shrill arguments and peevish complaints over “Megxit” undermine the ongoing battle for justice, something this giddily high-net worth pair are constantly banging on about.
Ms Woods also criticised the couple for “using their platform to settle personal scores”.
She said: “They have a voice. They have a philanthropic foundation, Archewell.
“They have an eye-watering contract with Netflix to make themselves heard on subjects that matter.
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“Using their platform to settle personal scores is not a good look. Or indeed, I’d argue, a good idea.
“Their determination to call out every perceived slight as “sexist” bespeaks a toe-curling self-importance that might play well with their multimillionaire Hollywood chums across the pond but here at home we’re less in thrall to A listers.
“Healthy scepticism and a tongue-in-cheek disregard is one of the defining features of British culture.”
Since the Duke of Sussex’s complaint, the BBC have decided to use the term ‘Sussexit’ instead to title the episode which focuses on the “circumstances around the decision of the Sussexes to step down from their senior royal roles”.
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In her article for the Telegraph, Ms Woods also hit out at the royal couple for what she called a “princely sense of humour failure”.
She said: “Sometimes headlines really are simply just-a-bit-of-fun; like that snap of dazzling bride-to-be Meghan Markle’s megawatt smile accompanied by the joyous, jaunty “I’m getting Harryed in the Morning” or Megxit to describe the couple’s departure from these shores.
“A classic neologism that, crucially, rhymes with Brexit.
“I’m not sure there was anything more to it. In fact I’m pretty positive there wasn’t.
“But Harry’s already failing sense of humour has chosen this hill to die upon by insisting the very word is ‘misogynistic’.”
She added: “There are so many major wrongs to right on this planet I’m bewildered by the sheer tone deaf solipsism being demonstrated by two such privileged people.”
The first part of ‘The Princes and the Press’ aired on BBC2 last week.
The second part will air this evening at 9pm.
The BBC approached Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace for comment about the series, and they provided the following joint statement: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.
“However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”