Meghan Markle is said to have told Prince Harry she'd "break up with him" if the Duke of Sussex didn't make their relationship public.
The claim comes from an insider that states Meghan furiously forced Harry into revealing their relationship to the public, causing Harry to freak out, a source said.
Claims over the nature of the reveal were aired in an upcoming book, Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, which is set to be published October 6.
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Within the book are claims over the state of Meghan and Harry's early days together, with a "freaking out" Harry announcing the relationship to the public.
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.
"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.'"
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In light of the alleged break up being on the cards, Harry is 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.
"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.'"
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