The Suits actress spoke out about her relationship with the 32-year-old royal for the October issue of Vanity Fair, her first time doing so since Harry confirmed their relationship in a rare statement in November.
“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” Markle said. “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 high-profile romance hasn’t been without its challenges. Since the duo met in London through friends in July 2016, Markle’s name has been splashed all over tabloids, territory that comes with dating one of the most famous bachelors in the world.
“It has its challenges, and it comes in waves — some days it can feel more challenging than others,” she 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.”
At the end of the day, however, the actress and philanthropist is focused on her relationship.
“We’re a couple. We’re in love,” Markle shared. “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.”