In a surprise move, Meghan Markle has given a cover interview to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Prince Harry, and she participated in a photoshoot for the magazine.
Meghan spoke with Vanity Fair at her home in Toronto in June. According to the article, Meghan wore a “red, knee-length floral dress” by Erdem (ugh) for the interview, and “prepared a lunch of organic greens, a crusty bread to be dipped in olive oil, and pasta tossed with chilies”. Additionally, the article states that Meghan met Harry through friends in London in July 2016.
The article is a bit long because there are quotes from others about Meghan as well as a bit about Harry’s history and supposition about what the Queen thinks. I’ve pulled the quotes from Meghan.
On the media storm since their relationship went public: “It has its challenges, and it comes in waves—some days it can feel more challenging than others. 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.”
On doing odd-jobs before landing her role on Suits: “My parents had been so supportive, watching me audition, trying to make ends meet, taking all the odds-and-ends jobs to pay my bills. I was doing calligraphy, and I was a hostess at a restaurant—and all those things that actors do. My father knew how hard it is for an actor to get work, so he above all people was so proud that I was able to beat the odds.”
On her parents and growing up: “Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married… with Children, which was a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic-school uniform to grow up. What’s so incredible, you know, is that my parents split up when I was two, [but] I never saw them fight. We would still take vacations together. My dad would come on Sundays to drop me off, and we’d watch Jeopardy! eating dinner on TV trays, the three of us…. We were still so close-knit.”
On dealing with the tabloids about her and Harry: “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, 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.”
On not reading the press about her: “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.”
On her freckles: “I’ve always loved my freckles. [I was] thrilled to work with Peter [Lindbergh] because he rarely retouches and he believes in such little makeup. I gave him a big hug and said, ‘I am so excited to work with you because I know we will finally be able to see my freckles!'”
On dating Harry: “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. 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.”
What is Meghan promoting here? I went into the article thinking she was promoting Suits and that the press just focused on the small part where she spoke about Harry. But after reading the whole thing, she doesn’t promote Suits at all. She doesn’t promote her charity work at all either. All she is doing is promoting her relationship with Harry.
I think it is fine for a celebrity to give an interview promoting their relationships if that’s what they want to do – celebrities do it all the time – but I think it is fairly hypocritical that Harry is fine with Meghan giving this interview about their relationship when he and William have said in the past that they don’t want to be seen as celebrities, and in Harry’s Newsweek interview a “royal official” said “The one thing they don’t want is to be seen as a group of celebrities”. Meghan is literally a celebrity giving a celebrity interview about her relationship. This is a celebrity move. So the next time Harry whines about not wanting to be seen as a celebrity, he can have a seat.
Other than that, I don’t have much to say. I was hoping Meghan was going to talk about something interesting, but she didn’t. I could nitpick, but I won’t.
Something positive: I do really like the photoshoot – Meghan look very pretty.