Meghan Markle dishes on her romance with Prince Harry

36-year-old Meghan Markle breaks silence on her relationship with Prince Harry in the October issue of Vanity Fair. This is the first time the actress spoke openly about the romance, referring to the 33-year-old royal as her “boyfriend” several times.

“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,” she reveals. “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.”

Even though Harry and Markle have yet to make an official public appearance as a couple, the Suits star confirms that they are very much a couple, adding that they are taking this time, before presenting their relationship officially, for themselves.

“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,” she shares. “But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”

Perhaps this Vanity Fair sit-down means that an engagement, has already happened, or is to be expected soon. If Markle and Prince Harry were to marry, she would be the first American to wed a member of the royal family in 81 years.