Men’s rights activists are trying to cast Meghan Markle as an abuser

The internet is split on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent decision to step back from the crown.

The royal couple announced their decision last week, and the news was met with criticism and support in near-equal measure.

But as much of the internet continues to argue over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s decision, a small sect of the web has another talking point. Some far-right internet users are spreading the theory that Prince Harry is suffering from emotional abuse. And that he needs to be saved.

The rumors have been around since Harry and Meghan first got together, but news of their recent announcement got believers fired up. People are taking to social media to call for Prince Harry’s rescue. “Prince Harry is a victim of emotional abuse from Megan, (sic) that woman has him whipped differently,” one user wrote.

Longtime believers in Meghan’s supposedly “manipulative” nature are feeling legitimized by the couple’s move and sharing their thoughts to anyone who will listen.

“If anyone can’t tell Prince Harry is in a domestic abuse situation then they are blind for Christ-sake they share an instagram” one Twitter user wrote. “Meghan makes ALL the decisions.”

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Some people are even sharing examples of Meghan’s purported “abusive” behavior.

She touched his elbow? The utter gall.

It bears noting, though, that a great deal of the push of “emotional abuse” comes from a mix of far-right men and former pick-up artists. It’s easy to see that they would struggle to interpret and understand any woman asserting herself or having any agency in a relationship. Or, for that matter, a man agreeing with or even taking his wife’s wishes into account.

Instead, it’s Meghan the evil temptress stealing Harry away from the life he wanted.

Meanwhile, much of the rest of the world is busy congratulating Harry and Meghan on their decision.

“Unpopular opinion: I think Prince Harry stepping up to protect his wife and making sure Meghan is okay is brave,” another user wrote. “He is doing what a real man needs to do and he shouldn’t have to apologize for that.”

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.