7 things we learned from Meghan Markle’s Vanity Fair interview
Well, hasn't it been a week of British royal news! Another baby for Kate and Will! And look who just turned up on the cover of Vanity Fair! Meghan Markle, arguably the world's most hounded royal girlfriend, scored the honour of covering VF's October issue. In a story written by Sam Kashner with accompanying images shot by famed fashion snapper Peter Lindbergh, Meghan shares some sweet words about her royal beau. Of course, there's not a lot of juicy detail in here, but avid royal watchers will be keen to dissect every little nuance from the article.
The California-born Suits actress and philanthropist has certainly held the world's rapt attention since 2016, when it was revealed she was dating the roguish Prince Harry, and while press attention has been occasionally savage (calling Harry to defend her) it has also catapulted her to a new level of celebrity (as in top 10 most googled name in 2016). This VF cover marks the first time she has publicly discussed her relationship, so of course we were intrigued...
Below, we share a few of the most interesting bits:
On when they met
According to Markle, she met Prince Harry in London through friends in July 2016.
"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."
On growing up on movie sets (her dad was a lighting director)
"Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married . . . with Children, which was a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic-school uniform to grow up."
On the tabloid attention
"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. 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."
On reading press about herself
"I don't read any press. I haven't even read press for Suits. The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise."
On her close friendship with tennis champ Serena Williams
"Her personality just shines," Serena says of Markle. According to the article, Meghan also came to Serena for advice on how to handle paparazzi attention.
On being in love with Prince Harry
"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."
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