Actress Megan Markle has spoken for the first time about her relationship with Prince Harry.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the Suits actress said that she doesn’t let her relationship define her and that the pair are simply in love.
“We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” she said.
The couple met in July 2016 and secretly dated for six months before the media discovered their romance.
Once their relationship became public, it caused a media frenzy prompting Prince Harry to release a statement which stated:
“Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm.
“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.”
Megan has since said that the person she dates doesn’t define her and that she hasn’t changed who she is simply because she is dating a Prince.
“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 said.
“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.”
While the 36-year-old admits the media attention has been difficult at times, she says that she leans on Prince Harry for support.
“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,” she said.
“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.”