Meghan Markle has spoken publicly about her relationship with Prince Harry for the first time, confirming that they are together and "in love."
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the Suits actor 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.
Prince Harry, 32, and Meghan, 36, are believed to have started dating around April 2016, managing to keep their relationship under wraps for six months before the media began linking them in October last year.
The press scrutiny became so intense that Prince Harry released a statement criticising the media for their treatment of Meghan and the "racial undertones" of their commentary the following month.
And Meghan has now addressed the media attention, revealing that she'd been "surprised" by the impact on her life, but feels fortunate to have her "boyfriend's 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. 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 added that she refuses to read press coverage about herself.
The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.
The interview comes just a day after Prince Harry's brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announced they're expecting their third child.
And shortly after getting together with Meghan last year, Prince Harry admitted he was ready to start a family of his own.
During an interview with People magazine, he said:
I'd love to have children. There have been moments through life, especially when we do a tour abroad, when I think, "I'd love to have kids now."