From the moment news broke that Suits actress Meghan Markle was dating Prince Harry, it's been a non-stop media frenzy around the two. In fact, the negative headlines—many of which were racist about the fact that Meghan is biracial—and constant paparazzi presence got so bad that Harry had to issue a statement asking everyone to back off. (They didn't.)
Through all of this, though, Meghan has stayed silent on how she's been dealing with her increased fame—until now, that is. In a new cover interview with Vanity Fair, the actress opened up about the pressure that comes with dating a royal and how they're getting through it together. "It has its challenges, and it comes in waves—some days it can feel more challenging than others,” she explains. “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.”
But how do they make it work when their every move is followed and documented? “I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” she says. “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.”
Still, there's another way Meghan avoids the media attention: by not reading any articles about her or Harry. "I haven’t even read press for Suits," she explains. "The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise."
With that noise in the background, the only thing that really matters for Meghan is focusing on her and Harry's relationship. "We’re a couple,” she explains. “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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