Prince Harry said the term, used to describe Meghan and his decision to quit royal life, was ‘misogynistic’ and ‘created by a troll’ and the BBC appear to have listened
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The second part of the BBC’s new royal documentary will not use the term ‘Megxit’ after Prince Harry argued it was ‘misogynistic’.
Episode two of The Princes and the Press, which airs tomorrow night, will instead refer to Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit royal life as ‘Sussexit’, a label scarcely ever used.
The move, reported by the Sunday Telegraph, may be seen as something of an olive branch after the airing of the show, which alleges staff from Prince Harry and Prince William’s households briefed against each other, ruffled royal feathers.
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 episode tomorrow will examine the “circumstances around the decision of the Sussexes to step down from their senior royal roles”.
It is expected to air claims of a lack of support for Harry and wife Meghan and of a senior household member helping a tabloid in its court case against her.
Harry and Meghan moved to California in the spring of 2020 to lead a more independent life, quitting royal duties to live as private citizens. They have since signed a lucrative commercial deal with Spotify and Meghan has written a children’s book which got mixed reviews.
Harry has said that part of the reason for their departure was the racist treatment of Meghan, whose mother is black and whose estranged father is white. They have since given an extensive interview with Oprah Winfrey explaining their decision.
They currently live in LA with son Archie and daughter Lilibet.
The Palace has dismissed the documentary as “overblown and unfounded” with fears it has seriously damaged the relationship between the BBC and the royal family.
Jenny Afia, the Duchess of Sussex’s lawyer, will appear again in the second episode, which covers 2018 to 2021 as will other royal commentators and those close to the couple.
A rare joint statement by Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace 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.”