They have gone to great lengths to keep their burgeoning romance under wraps for over a year.But in the strongest indication yet that their relationship is growing more serious by  day, Meghan Markle has spoken about Prince Harry for the first time in a candid interview with Vanity Fair.US actress, who graces the cover of the society magazine’s October issue, has never spoken publicly about her affair with the fifth in line to the throne until now.But she has finally admitted pair are very much ‘in love’ and confirmed that the royal is indeed her ‘boyfriend’.Meghan, 36 years old  also appeared to hint that while an engagement could soon be on the cards, the couple will continue to keep their ‘love story’ private and will stay firmly away from  spotlight.


Speaking to Vanity Fair’s contributing editor Sam Kashner, Meghan told ‘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.’Last month the pair were pictured boarding a flight to Botswana to celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday at a romantic £650 a night hideaway overlooking the Boteti river.The fiercely private couple have only been spotted in public together on a handful of occasions  with Harry allegedly making secret trips to pick her up from the airport on her trips to UK.

Meghan made her society debut when she watched Harry perform at a polo match in May, and earlier this year she joined him at  Jamaican wedding of the royal’s close friend Tom Inskip.But despite reports that  couple met in May 2016, the Suits star also revealed that they did not lock eyes until July last year meaning their fledgling relationship is just 14 months old.When asked how she felt about  media frenzy that erupted after their relationship was revealed last year, Meghan replied: ‘It has its challenges, and it comes in waves some days it can feel more challenging than others.’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.’She added ‘I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple. We’re two people who are really happy and in love.’Meghan also divulged that she tries not to read stories about herself in press and on social media, saying: ‘The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.’She added ‘Nothing about me changed. I’m still same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.’The couple managed to keep their relationship secret for several months before it became public knowledge in October, when eagle-eyed royal watchers spotted that  pair had been wearing matching bracelets.Just days later, Harry issued a statement via Kensington Palace confirming the romance condemning media intrusion and  ‘sexism and racism of social media trolls’ and saying he was ‘deeply disappointed that he [had] not been able to protect her’.Soon after, the besotted couple jetted to Norway to see they Northern Lights and, in February, they were pictured together for  first time enjoying a theatre date in London’s West End.Meghan has also been spotted strolling near Harry’s Kensington Palace home amid rumours pair are considering moving in together permanently.The world’s most eligible bachelor has made no secret of his desire to start a family of his own, saying ‘I’d love to have children. There have been moments through life, especially when we do a tour abroad, when I think, “I’d love to have kids now.”‘And following Meghan’s revelations this week, bookies have slashed odds of the couple getting engaged by end of the year and tying the knot as early as 2018.

Betfair make it 6/4 that smitten Harry will get down on one knee in the next three months, and say it’s 3/1 that they will walk down aisle.The actress and her flame-haired boyfriend are believed to have bonded over their shared interest in humanitarian work, and in her latest interview Meghan credits her mother, yoga therapist Doria Ragland, with teaching her about world and its political challenges.She also cites  1992 Los Angeles ace riots, sparked by the police beating of Rodney King, as having a huge impact on her sense of social awareness recalling being sent home from school early at the age of 11 because there was ‘ash everywhere’ from  street fires.’Oh, my God, Mommy, it’s snowing!’ Meghan remembers saying, to which Doria replied ‘No, Flower, it’s not snow. Get in  house.’The actress, who has spoken at length about her mixed race heritage in the past her father Thomas is Caucasian while her mother is African-American also revealed how she has embraced her skin colour by auditioning for ‘white as well as black and Latina roles’.She also revealed her disappointment at her distinctive freckles often being airbrushed out in fashion shoots, saying ‘I’ve always loved my freckles.’Vanity Fair spoke to Meghan’s close friend, tennis ace Serena Williams, who said of actress ‘Her personality just shines. I told her, “You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide.”‘

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