Sources:| Associated Press
Meghan Markle says she and Prince Harry are "two people who are really happy and in love."
The 36-year-old Suits actress has opened up on her relationship with the 33-year-old prince in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Markle says they met in London through friends in July 2016 and have been dating for about a year. She adds that they were together about six months before the relationship became news.
"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," Markle said.
However the media coverage of the relationship had been intense, and had its challenges for Markle.
"It comes in waves," she said.
"Some days it can feel more challenging than others. But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend's support."
While she expects that she and Harry will have to "come forward" as a couple at some point, Markle refers to the quiet start to their romance as "our time."
"We're in love," she told Vanity Fair.
"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 interview has prompted British bet-maker Betfair to offer 6-to-4 odds that the couple is engaged by the end of 2017 and 3-to-1 odds that they marry in 2018.