AceShowbiz - After a year-long relationship with %cPrince Harry%, %cMeghan Markle% finally talks about her royal boyfriend. Gracing the front page of Vanity Fair's newest edition, the "Suits" actress addresses the public scrutiny that comes after their romance became public.
"It has its challenges, and it comes in waves - some days it can feel more challenging than others," the brunette beauty opens up. "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."
Knowing that he has her back, she's able to tune out the nonsense in the media. "I don't read any press," she reveals. "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."
"I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it's really simple," she says. "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."
"We're a couple," she adds. "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."
The media was sent into frenzy when Meghan Markle's relationship with Prince Harry was revealed in October 2016. As the scrutiny over her life intensified, Prince Harry quickly issued a statement, "Meghan Markle has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. ... Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her."
Prince Harry's mother, %cPrincess Diana%, died in a tragic car accident after she was chased by paparazzi. In a new interview on the 20th anniversay of her death in August, Prince Harry opened up on his heartbreak, "I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying on the back seat of the car." He said, "She'd had quite a severe head injury but she was very much still alive on the back seat."