Following her declaration of mutual love in Vanity Fair Magazine, Meghan Markle is reportedly set to walk alongside boyfriend Prince Harry for their first official engagement later this month. The 36-year-old actress and 32-year-old Prince are finally likely to make an appearance together during the Invictus Games, held in the city Markle is currently calling home,Toronto.
The international event founded by Prince Harry gives injured and disabled servicemen the chance to compete in various sports. Markle currently spends much of her time in the Canadian town during the filming of TV series, Suits. With filming resuming this week, it is highly likely she will already be present. Incidentally it is also where the couple met for the first time last year.
The Mail in London reports that the Palace have stalled an official announcement on their public engagement so as to not overshadow the 20-year anniversary since the passing of Harry's mother, Princess Diana.
In November last year Prince Harry released an official statement condemning the "wave of abuse and harassment" that was directed towards Markle when rumours about their relationship emerged.
In the interview with Vanity Fair Markle confirmed to the publication that the pair had been dating for six months prior to any official announcements.
But the actor, who is the first royal partner to speak so openly before an engagement, admits that dating a royal has in no way changed her. Rather it is as "simple" as "two people who are 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," she said.
Markle has a contractual agreement for Suits until December, sparking speculation that the pair, who have been dating for more than a year, will announce their engagement prior to Christmas or early in the new year.
In the interview with Vanity Fair Markle also discussed the "support" that her boyfriend Prince Harry has offered as she adjusts to being in the public eye.
"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," she said.