Meghan Markle has given her first interview about her relationship with Prince Harry. The Suits actress, who has been dating the prince for over a year, said they are "very happy and in love" in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Prince Harry and Meghan, who recently celebrated the 100th episode of her hit drama Suits, shared have been the subject of endless speculation since their relationship first came to light last fall, but the 36-year-old said she doesn't pay any attention to what's in the press. "I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it's really simple," she told the magazine.
"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."
The couple have strived to maintain a low profile over the past year, but Meghan conceded there may come a time when they'll have to make public appearances together – which would happen as soon as they announce an engagement. For now, she is focusing on her charitable work with the United Nations and World Vision Canada, getting ready to return to the Suits set and enjoying making memories with the Prince in private.
"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," Meghan said. "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."
Meghan also admitted that her newly heightened fame has been challenging at times. " It has its challenges, and it comes in waves – some days it can feel more challenging than others," Meghan said. "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."
The interview marked the first time Meghan has spoken about her relationship with Prince Harry, and will appear in the October issue of the magazine.