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Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle today revealed the strength of the couple’s relationship for the first time, saying: “We’re in love.”
In a frank interview, the US actress, 36, said: “We’re two people who are really happy.” Her comments, published in the October edition of Vanity Fair, will stoke speculation about the prospect of another royal wedding.
Markle, a star of US legal drama Suits, said the couple first met in London and dated for about six months before news of their relationship broke. “I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception,” she told the magazine’s contributing editor Sam Kashner.
“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.”
It comes a day after it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, making Harry an uncle again. It follows reports today that Markle was feeling “overwhelmed” at the prospect of becoming a princess.
However, she told Vanity Fair that she avoided reading much of the press “noise” about her relationship with a man constantly in the public eye.
She said: “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.
“I haven’t even read press for Suits. The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.”
She admitted that the attention “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.”
Close friends include the tennis champion Serena Williams, whose advice on how to handle some of the more extreme results of fame was: “You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide.”
Despite being one half of one of the world’s most high-profile couples, Markle said that “nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”
Markle also spoke of growing up in Los Angeles during the Nineties, when much of the city was engulfed in riots sparked by the police beating of Rodney King.
She told Vanity Fair: “They had let us go home [from school] during the riots and there was ash everywhere”, which she mistook for snow settling on the lawn. Her mother Doria replied: “No, Flower, it’s not snow. Get in the house.”
Today, the Duke of Cambridge was set to make his first appearance since it was revealed he would become a father for the third time, at a policing conference in Oxford focusing on mental health. Kate, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, was forced to pull out of an engagement yesterday due to severe morning sickness. She is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, as she did in her first two pregnancies.
- The October issue of Vanity Fair is on sale Friday, September 8.
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