Prince Harry feared Meghan Markle would break up with him if he didn't condemn the media's treatment of his then girlfriend after she suffered "a wave of abuse and harassment," it has been claimed.
In a furious 2016 statement, written by Harry's communications secretary Jason Knauf, he condemned "the racial undertones of comment pieces" and "the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments".
He did this because, it is claimed, he was "freaking out" that Meghan would dump him if he didn't take a public stand.
A source told The Times: "It did feel like that if the palace was not able to stand up and support his girlfriend, against some of that disgusting coverage… then who in their right mind would ever consider entering into a relationship [with him] in the future?
"He was very exercised about some of that coverage.
"He definitely felt that if nothing was done to support her, then she would be, 'I'm not sure this is what I signed up for'."
Another source told the newspaper: "He was freaking out, saying, 'she's going to dump me'."
A spokeswoman for the couple told The Times the claims were categorically false.
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The news comes as a leading Royal author said Harry must be "handled with care" as he will inevitably hold a prominent position within the Royal Family again.
They believe this will be the case even if he remains a non-senior member of the firm. However, he warns the remaining royals to ‘be careful how they handle’ the situation.
The Duke of Sussex stepped down as a senior member of the Royal Family in March 2020, along with his wife Meghan.
Brian Hoey believes that the Duke is set to return to a prestigious position within the family, due to the role his father Charles is destined to inherit following the end of the Queen's reign.
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Mentioning the reported family rift between the Sussexes and the Firm, he said: "One has to remember, in the not too distance future – although I hope it is going to be a long way in the future – Harry is going to be the son of the King.
"So they've got to be very careful how they handle him, you see because no matter what happens, they can never take that away from him."
Archewell have been approached for comment.
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