Meghan Markle has spoken publicly for the first time about her relationship with Prince Harry, almost nine months after it became international news.
In a long and varied cover interview for Vanity Fair, the Suits actress opens up about being in love with the 32-year-old royal as well as her childhood as a biracial young women in Los Angeles against the backdrop of the Rodney King riots.
Here are the main things we learned from the interview:
She’s really in love.
Markle repeatedly refers to Prince Harry as her “boyfriend” in the interview and talks idyllically about their relationship.
“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,” she says. “This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
Markle dated Prince Harry for six months in private before the news broke.
Reports of the newest royal relationship emerged in late October, 2016, with the Prince confirming it through a statement shortly after. He also attacked parts of the media for the “wave of abuse and harassment” directed towards Markle and called for privacy.
In the interview, Markle reveals that the couple got to enjoy around six months of privacy before their relationship was made public, having met in July, 2016.
“We were very quietly dating for about six months before it came 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.”
She doesn’t read any press about herself.
Markle reveals she avoids reading stories about her, which must be difficult given the constant press attention.
“I don’t read any press. I haven’t even read press for Suits,” she says. “The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.”
She used to work at a restaurant.
Pre-Suits, Markle had her start just like most struggling actors, working multiple jobs to support herself while auditioning. She did calligraphy and worked as a hostess in a restaurant, while her parents also took “all the odds-and-ends…