Meghan Markle threatened to 'dump' Prince Harry if he didn’t confirm she was his girlfriend, claims book
LONDON, ENGLAND: A new claim has been aired in an upcoming book, 'Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown' by author Valentine Low that Meghan Markle threatened to “dump” Prince Harry if he didn’t publicly confirm she was his girlfriend, which caused Harry to "freak out." The book in which Low details the ultimatum he alleges Meghan gave Harry is set to be published on October 6.
As per an extract from the book, published in The Times, "as Prince Harry was facing "hordes of journalists" keen to dig into his new girlfriend's life, Harry "became determined to protect her - but she wanted them to go public with how serious they were."
The book reads, "Faced with hordes of journalists intent on trawling through every aspect of Meghan’s life, Harry became determined to protect his girlfriend. Meghan, meanwhile, told him that if he did not do something about it, she would break off the relationship." It continued, "A source said: 'She was saying, 'If you don’t put out a statement confirming I’m your girlfriend, I’m going to break up with you. Harry was in a panic.' Another source said: 'He was freaking out, saying, 'She’s going to dump me.'"
This is just one happening from the book of many reports of Meghan and Harry's early days together before their relationship was officially confirmed in November 2016, just a few months after the duo met in July. Harry is reportedly said to have contacted Jason Knauf, the at-the-time Kensington Palace communications secretary, to make the announcement.
The book continued, "Harry phoned Knauf, demanding that he put out a statement confirming that Meghan was his girlfriend and condemning the racist and sexist undertones of some of the media coverage." It added, "Meghan wanted public validation that this was a serious relationship. She was convinced that the palace was unwilling to protect her from media intrusion. She told Harry’s staff, 'I know how the palace works. I know how this is going to play out. You don’t care about the girlfriend.'"
Kensington Palace released an official statement on November 8, 2016, confirming the relationship that read, "Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her."