“Suits” star Meghan Markle is absolutely gushing over her year-long relationship with Prince Harry.
“We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” Markle told Vanity Fair for the magazine’s October cover story. “We were very quietly dating for six months [after meeting in London through friends] 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.”
When the relationship went public last year, the tabloids went to town on Markle, whose mother is Black and father is white. The Daily Mail published an article describing the star as being “(almost) straight outta Compton” and posted another piece saying she could add some “some rich and exotic DNA” to the royal line.
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Despite the ruckus, according to biographer Sally Bedell Smith, Queen Elizabeth would have no issue welcoming Markle — whose boyfriend was forced to make a public statement in hopes of stopping the racist rhetoric — into the family.
“The Queen is remarkably open-minded and she’s very tolerant,” Smith told VF. “I would imagine that the Queen’s view of this would be: If they’re in love and they’re well suited, then they should proceed.”
“We’re a couple,” Markle said of the philanthropic couple’s private relationship. “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.”