MEGHAN: ‘I CAN HAN­DLE THIS’

Wait­ing for a ring? Des­per­ate to be a royal? As if. Prince Harry might be con­cerned about the at­ten­tion around Meghan Markle, but we’re told the ac­tress is more than ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with the drama. Bring. It. On!

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am a sure thing.’ Those might be the words of Meghan Markle’s Suits char­ac­ter, para­le­gal Rachel Zane, but they cer­tainly could ap­ply to the ac­tress in real life. Meghan, 35, whose ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with Prince Harry first came to light in Oc­to­ber, has re­port­edly told her royal boyfriend that he doesn’t need to fight her bat­tles for her, as she’s more than ready for the at­ten­tion that may come with get­ting hitched to a prince.

‘He’s been very pro­tec­tive,’ says our source. ‘But Meghan has had to re­mind Harry that she’s used to fame and she’s more than ready to do what it takes for love.’

Since the pair met in Toronto last May, when Harry was pro­mot­ing the In­vic­tus Games, Meghan’s racked up more than 50,000 air miles – yes, we counted – jet­ting across the At­lantic to be with Harry, some­times for only days at a time. But things are set to get even more se­ri­ous, as sources have told Look that the ac­tress is set to visit Harry at Easter – with her par­ents.

‘Meghan and Harry are in this for the long term,’ says our in­sider. ‘This is the next log­i­cal step, as they’ve al­ready talked about get­ting mar­ried.’

As Look re­ported pre­vi­ously, Meghan has been tak­ing steps to wind down her act­ing ca­reer and move to Lon­don for Harry – but she’s not ‘wait­ing for a ring’.

‘What peo­ple don’t re­alise about Meghan is how fiercely am­bi­tious she is, and she’s de­ter­mined to set her own agenda and do her own thing,’ says our source. ‘No mat­ter how much she loves Harry and wants to get mar­ried, she’ll still be do­ing her own thing.’

Meghan has her own lifestyle web­site, thetig.com – she re­cently shared her fury over her freck­les be­ing edited out of pho­tos – and she’s also a United Na­tions ad­vo­cate for po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion and lead­er­ship. ‘She won’t give any of that up for the roy­als,’ adds our source – some­thing Harry, 32, finds very at­trac­tive. ‘He’s to­tally be­hind Meghan and ad­mires her for mak­ing it clear she’ll put her own am­bi­tions be­fore be­ing part of the royal fam­ily.’

But while we like the sound of that, tra­di­tion­al­ists might have some­thing to say about the fact that Meghan’s not keen to take on full-time royal du­ties once she and Harry wed.

‘Meghan’s never been scared of chal­leng­ing peo­ple or speak­ing her mind,’ says an­other source. ‘She could shake things up a bit for the roy­als.’

Mean­while, Meghan’s best friend Lind­say Roth in­sists the star is be­ing true to her­self. ‘I don’t know many peo­ple who are as gen­er­ous and sup­port­ive as Meg is,’ said Lind­say, de­fend­ing Meghan last week.‘i think peo­ple as­sume that when some­one gains no­to­ri­ety that they change. But she’s still the same girl I met years ago, with the same val­ues and pri­or­i­ties. She’s self­less, and that’s just a part of who she is and who she was raised to be.’ Roll on the next royal wed­ding!

Meghan and Harry are in this for the long term

Meghan’s set to visit Harry at Easter , with her par­ents in tow

‘Self­less’ Meghan with best friend Lind­say Roth

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