The announcement has been hotly anticipated by the media.
Meghan Markle first opened up about her relationship with Prince Harry in a cover interview for Vanity Fair’s October issue.
The 36-year-old actress and star of US TV show “Suits” spoke candidly about her romance with the 33-year-old British Prince.
“We’re a couple. We’re in love,” she told the magazine. “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.”
Markle spoke about how she copes with the tabloid scrutiny on her high-profile relationship, that in November last year led Prince Harry – whom she then called her “boyfriend” – to issue a statement defending her.
“It has its challenges, and it comes in waves-some days it can feel more challenging than others,” she said. “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.”
Markle also revealed that the pair were secretly dating for months before the news became public.
“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.”
In a statement issued by Kensington Palace in November 2016, the Prince expressed his view that “a line had been crossed” in press coverage and social media trolling of Markle. It went on to say that Prince Harry was concerned for his partner’s safety and hoped that the press would “pause and reflect” before any further damage was done.
It appears, though, that Markle is less bothered by the media storm surrounding their relationship. She told Vanity Fair that she has instead adopted the policy of “ostriching.”
“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,” she explained.