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Meghan Markle, in new Vanity Fair, says she and Prince Harry are in love

Meghan Markle, seen on Nov. 8, 2016, has

Meghan Markle, seen on Nov. 8, 2016, has spoken about her relationship with Britain's Prince Harry, seen on Oct. 7, 2017. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Frederic J. Brown; AFP / Getty Images / Justin Tallis

“Suits” star Meghan Markle, opening up about her yearlong relationship with England’s Prince Harry, says she is weathering the tabloid frenzy surrounding the couple.

“It has its challenges, and it comes in waves -- some days it can feel more challenging than others,” Markle, 36, says in the October issue of Vanity Fair. “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.”

Markle, who plays paralegal turned lawyer Rachel Zane on the lighthearted USA legal drama, told the magazine, “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. 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.”

The two had met, she said, through mutual friends in London. In November 2016, Harry, who turns 33 on Sept. 15, addressed tabloid speculation and confirmed he and Markle were in a relationship. In a statement, he blasted the “wave of abuse and harassment” including “the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments” about the biracial actress and humanitarian, who is a United Nations Goodwill ambassador and works with the relief organization World Vision pursuing clean water in Rwandan villages.

“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” Markle says in the new interview. “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.”

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