Meghan and Harry

The star opens up about her fairy­tale ro­mance

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MORE THAN 12 MONTHS AF­TER THEY first met, Meghan Markle has opened up about her love for Prince Harry, re­veal­ing that she and the prince had man­aged to fly un­der the radar for months be­fore their ro­mance be­came pub­lic. “We’re two peo­ple who are re­ally happy and in love,” she told Van­ity Fair’s Oc­to­ber is­sue. “We were qui­etly dat­ing for about six months be­fore it be­came news.” In­sist­ing that her re­la­tion­ship with Harry, 32, has not changed her (“I’m still the same per­son that I am”), the 36-year-old Cal­i­for­nia-raised Suits star says, “I’ve never de­fined my­self by my re­la­tion­ship.”

But she con­cedes the in­tense scru­tiny she faced has im­pacted her life. “It has its chal­lenges, and comes in waves—some days it can feel more chal­leng­ing than oth­ers,” she told VF. “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.” That she has. The prince promptly re­acted to neg­a­tive at­ten­tion di­rected at Meghan, with an aide re­leas­ing an of­fi­cial state­ment in Novem­ber ex­press­ing con­cerns for his girl­friend. “Prince Harry is wor­ried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply dis­ap­pointed that he has not been able to pro­tect her,” the state­ment read. Ten months later, Meghan has taken some con­trol via her own ac­count of her royal ro­mance, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion the in­ter­view is the first step in paving the way for an en­gage­ment. Whether or not such a move is in the near fu­ture, Meghan and her prince are mak­ing the most of their fairy­tale ro­mance right now. “We’re in love … 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,” she said. “Per­son­ally, I love a great love story.”

“It’s just won­der­ful to see her so in love,” friend Abi­gail Spencer said of Meghan (with Harry at a friend’s wed­ding in Ja­maica on March 3).

A kiss for her prince: Meghan and Harry at a polo match in Berk­shire on May 7.

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