BBC's royal documentary 'to be named "Sussexit" over fears "Megxit" is sexist'

The second instalment in a controversial BBC documentary on the royals will use the word ‘Sussexit’ instead of ‘Megxit’ over fears the latter is sexist, it has been reported.

Prince Harry recently described the word – which is a portmanteau of his wife’s name and ‘exit’, inspired by the similar slogan of ‘Brexit’ – as a ‘misogynistic term’ coined by a troll.

As a result, BBC bosses have dropped it from the title of Monday’s episode of The Princes and the Press, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The second episode, instead said to be titled ‘Sussexit’, is expected to examine the circumstances surrounding Harry and Meghan’s departure from the working royal family, as well as airing claims the brothers briefed against each other in the press through their advisers.

It comes after the broadcaster was criticised by the royal households for giving credibility to ‘overblown and unfounded claims’ in the documentary.

Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace took the rare step of issuing a joint statement was included at the end of the first episode of the BBC Two programme.

The statement from the palaces 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.’

It was unclear as to which particular allegations the royal households, who were not given an advance copy of the documentary, were referring to specifically.

Monday night’s programme also featured Meghan’s lawyer Jenny Afia, from the law firm Schillings, who responded to reports about the duchess’s alleged bullying of palace staff.

She is expected to return for the second episode.

In March, The Times newspaper said the duchess allegedly drove out two personal assistants and ‘humiliated’ staff on several occasions, which she strongly denies.

An investigation has since been launched by Buckingham Palace and the royal household has tasked an external legal team to assist its human resources team looking at allegations made against the former Suits star.

Ms Afia said: ‘Those stories were false. This narrative that no one can work for the Duchess of Sussex, she was too difficult and demanding as a boss and everyone had to leave, it’s just not true.’

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