Sunday 18 February 2018

Meghan Markle finally breaks silence on Prince Harry romance: 'We're a couple, we're in love'

American actress Meghan Markle poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premier of the film
American actress Meghan Markle poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premier of the film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in Leicester Square
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle
The October 2017 cover of Vanity Fair featuring actress Meghan Markle is seen in this handout photo obtained September 5, 2017. Peter Lindbergh exclusively for Vanity Fair/Handout via REUTERS
SUITS "Skin In the Game" Episode 701 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Markle plays Rachel Zane in Suits (Shane Mahood/USA Network/PA)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (PA)

Laura Harding

Meghan Markle has revealed she was dating Prince Harry for six months before it became public, saying: "We're two people who are really happy and in love."

The Suits actress met the royal in July 2016 and their relationship has brought a deluge of attention.

When news of their pairing broke it caused such a media frenzy it prompted him to take the unusual step of releasing a statement.

However, she told US magazine Vanity Fair dating Prince Harry has not changed her.

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SUITS "Skin In the Game" Episode 701 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

She said: "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. 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."

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Britain's Prince Harry visits a Walking With The Wounded hub for ex-service personnel making the transition back to civilian life in Manchester, September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Arthur Edwards/Pool
Britain's Prince Harry visits a Walking With The Wounded hub for ex-service personnel making the transition back to civilian life in Manchester, September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Arthur Edwards/Pool

In November 2016, the statement from the Prince said Markle had been "subject to a wave of abuse and harassment".

It added: "Some of this has been very public - the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments."

It continued: "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."

The October 2017 cover of Vanity Fair featuring actress Meghan Markle is seen in this handout photo obtained September 5, 2017. Peter Lindbergh exclusively for Vanity Fair/Handout via REUTERS
The October 2017 cover of Vanity Fair featuring actress Meghan Markle is seen in this handout photo obtained September 5, 2017. Peter Lindbergh exclusively for Vanity Fair/Handout via REUTERS

Of the attention, Markle told the magazine: "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 added: "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."

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