Meghan Markle may not have been a household name, despite a role on USA Network's hit series Suits, but that certainly changed after her relationship with a British royal finally went public.
The 36-year-old American actress began dating Prince Harry last year, which pushed them to the top of the UK rumor mill. The duo's romance became such a focus that Prince Harry issued a statement through Kensington Palace to discourage the verbal abuse and harassment aimed at Markle. Now, Markle is speaking out about her relationship with the young prince.
#MeghanMarkle will be gracing the cover of October's Vanity Fair, in which she discusses what it's like dating a royal. The couple try to keep their lives private, she explains, but constant hounding from paparazzi and the tabloid media have made things a little difficult:
“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.”
#PrinceHarry was considered a wild child in his younger years, but the 33-year-old royal has become one of the world's favorite figures. Like Harry, Markle dedicates a lot of her life to philanthropy. The pair even celebrated her latest birthday in Botswana, where they were doing charity work. She keeps her romance out of her Instagram but she often shares photos showing her philanthropy.
Markle, who has starred as Rachel Zane on Suits for seven years and counting, is admired for her breathtaking beauty and humble attitude. The new level of fame of criticism would take a toll on anyone, but Markle seems to be taking it in stride and staying true to herself, telling Vanity Fair:
“We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and 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.”
Ever since the romance became public, the rumor of wedding bells has been a hot topic — especially since Markle was married once before, which the British tabloids have focused on. However, Markle is focused on the here and now:
“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.”
Time will tell whether the couple lasts, but for now they seem to have a good understanding of how to make things work — and how to focus on each other, not on the media scrutiny.
Suits is currently airing on the USA Network.
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(Source: Vanity Fair)