Pull out your royal wedding betting books and get ready to update your odds, because Meghan Markle is on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair.
While the magazine got a chance to sit down with Markle and talked to everybody from her coworkers on Suits to her friend Serena Williams, there are few details about her relationship with Harry, who will soon be bumped to sixth in line for the throne of the United Kingdom, and none of them are what you would call juicy. Markle appears to parse out information about her relationship very sparingly, in guarded sentences like, “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.”
Much of the article is therefore passages like:
Markle had prepared a lunch of organic greens, a crusty bread to be dipped in olive oil, and pasta tossed with chilies bought from “a little place called Terroni, which they have in L.A. and in Toronto. They’re really hot, but if you’re good with heat, then I think they’re going to be your new favorite thing . . . I’ll give you a little jar to take home.” Her warmth is genuine. She seems to be the happy genius of her home of seven years. “Seven Canadian winters!” she exclaims about her time filming Suits. “A long time for someone who grew up in Southern California.” She has tried to make her Canadian house look like a California bungalow, exposing the hardwood floors and letting in as much light as possible.
Which admittedly makes her sound like very good company.
Just the fact that Markle is on the cover of Vanity Fair—in September, no less—says something about the likelihood she and Harry will make their way up the aisle together. But they got Sally Bedell Smith, who’s written biographies of both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, to weigh in on the odds; “The Queen is remarkably open-minded and she’s very tolerant,” Smith said of “the prospect of a marriage between her grandson and the American divorcée.” Well, and the last time they picked a blushing, sheltered ingenue it was a goddamn disaster.
However, Markle did tell Vanity Fair:
“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.”
Of course, what’s the cover line?