'This is our time. This is for us.'
While Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship has recently taken the spotlight with news of their third child, actress Meghan Markle and her beau Prince Harry are notably more discreet about their romance. The Suits star has previously refrained from speaking about her relationship with the royal, however she finally opened up for the first time to Vanity Fair about what it’s like dating the Prince.
Things are getting pretty serious for Meghan and Harry, with engagement rumours abounding and numerous trips for the long-distance couple between the States and England. Although all eyes are on them, Meghan revealed that it’s much less fuss than everyone thinks.
‘I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple. We’re two people who are really happy and in love,’ she told Vanity Fair.
Although she was already an American sweetheart as Suits’ sassy paralegal Rachel Zane, she became a household name in the UK once news of her relationship with Prince Harry hit the internet. However, she revealed they were ‘quietly dating for six months before it became news’.
She quickly became embroiled in a firestorm of abuse from all sides (some of it horrifically racist referencing her as ‘gangster royalty’ and character-assassinating her family), so much so that Kensington Palace actually released a statement that read ‘Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.’
The formidable actress revealed, ‘‘The only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.’
That isn’t to say that there haven’t been difficulties and she said, ‘It has its challenges, and it comes in waves—some days it can feel more challenging than others. And right out of the gate it was surprising the way things changed. But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend’s support.’
Despite being their relationship being highly scrutinised, she and Harry still manage to find the romance. ‘We’re a couple. We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.’
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Megan is a freelance journalist who covers entertainment and all things lifestyle, with a particular passion for fashion, beauty, travel and Keanu Reeves stories. She has previously worked on staff for titles including Marie Claire UK, CNN Style and The Evening Standard and has written for titles such as Bustle UK, Wallpaper*, Forbes and Hong Kong Tatler. She splits her time between London and her hometown Hong Kong, where she currently lives with the love of her life - an elderly dog named Poppy - and her husband.
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