Did Meghan Markle know she would one day spill her guts to Oprah Winfrey?
In 2017, two months before she and Prince Harry became engaged, the former actress acknowledged that the pair will eventually "have to come forward and present ourselves."
"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," she told Vanity Fair in 2017 of why they dated privately for a year.
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"This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy," she declared. "Personally, I love a great love story."
In the magazine's cover story, Meghan also confessed that dating Harry came with a few obstacles.
"It has its challenges, and it comes in waves — some days it can feel more challenging than others," she noted of the constant media attention. "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."
At the time, Harry had Kensington Palace release a statement, expressing, "Meghan Markle has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her."
Despite the drama, the Suits star said her and Harry's admiration for each other kept their bond in tact.
"I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple," she explained. "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," she concluded. "Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship."