Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Praised by Scientist Who Called Joe Rogan 'Menace'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stood "behind us scientists and medical professionals" who took on Joe Rogan, an epidemiologist has said.

Dr. Katrine Wallace was among 270 doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals to sign a letter to Spotify voicing concern about the podcast host's views on the vaccine.

In an interview with Rolling Stone on January 12 she said Rogan was "a menace to public health."

On Sunday, she thanked Harry and Meghan for releasing a statement via their spokesperson voicing concern about COVID-19 misinformation on the platform.

Wallace wrote on Twitter: "Thank you Prince Harry and Megan for standing behind us scientists and medical professionals asking Spotify to institute a policy to moderate misinformation on their platform."

It comes after Spotify announced new measures to combat misinformation on Sunday, January 30, saying they had heard the message especially "from the medical and scientific communities."

In a statement released to Newsweek, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: "Last April, our co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all too real consequences of COVID-19 misinformation on its platform."

The statement added: "We look to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does."

Prince Harry has spoken out against The Joe Rogan Experience before, in May 2021, when he told the Armchair Expert podcast "with a platform comes responsibility."

Harry said: "I think the issue is in today's world with misinformation just, like, endemic, you've got to be careful about what comes out of your mouth when it comes to that because news doesn't exist in just news anymore.

"It's splattered all over the place so people are, like, 'listen to Joe Rogan,' say 'oh if he says that then maybe I'm...'

"You're right, 'don't listen to me,' well don't say that. Just stay out of it. If you have a platform, with a platform comes responsibility."

Rogan responded to more recent outrage in an Instagram video in which he defended the podcast and its discussions about the vaccine.

He said: "The podcast has been accused of spreading dangerous misinformation. Specifically about two episodes, a little bit about some other ones, but specifically about two.

"One with Dr. Peter McCullough and one with Dr. Robert Malone."

He described McCullough as "the most published physician in his field in history" and said Dr. Robert Malone "owns nine patents on the creation of mRNA vaccine technology."

He said: "Both these people are very highly credentialed, very intelligent, very accomplished people and they have an opinion that is different from the mainstream narrative.

"I wanted to hear what their opinion is. I had them on and because of that those episodes in particular, those episodes were labelled as being dangerous."

He added: "Many of the things we thought of as misinformation just a short while ago are now accepted as fact."

Elsewhere in his video on Sunday, Rogan addressed the changes Spotify is planning to make in light of the fallout from controversial guests.

He said: "One of things Spotify wants to do, that I agree with, is that at the beginning of these controversial podcasts—specifically the ones about COVID—is to put a disclaimer and say that you should speak with your physician and that these people and the opinions that they express are contrary to the opinions of the consensus of experts, which I think is very important. Sure. Have that on there. I'm very happy with that."

The letter, signed by Wallace, had read: "Dr Malone used the JRE [Joe Rogan Experience] platform to promote numerous baseless claims, including several falsehoods about Covid-19 vaccines and an unfounded theory that societal leaders have 'hypnotized' the public. Many of these statements have already been discredited."

Harry and Meghan have a multi-million dollar, multi-year deal with Spotify but have yet to produce any more than a December 2020 festive special which featured their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

The streaming giant's partner Gimlet Projects is hiring a team of three of its own producers on six-month contracts to deliver a new weekly show for the couple's Archewell Audio podcast.

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Joe Rogan (L) performing at The Ice House Comedy Club, in Pasadena, California, on December 12, 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle call for vaccine equity at Global Citizen Live: New York, in New York City, on September 25, 2021. Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images and Gotham/WireImage