Hand in hand, Prince Harry proudly brought his girlfriend Meghan Markle to a highly public tennis match today – their first official appearance together as a couple.
The love birds arrived, fingers entwined, to the Invictus Games semi-final, in full view of members of the public and photographers.
The couple sat at the side of the court together whispering and laughing as well as cheering on the players from Australia and New Zealand in full view of members of the public and photographers.
Meghan looked cool despite the 30 degree heat in a white shirt, sunglasses and ripped blue jeans.
Proud as punch Harry was in an Invictus branded shirt and sunglasses too.
Their appearance is the surest sign yet that an engagement is on the cards for the couple.
While Meghan attended the Invictus opening ceremony on Saturday, she sat several feet away from her royal beau who was positioned in the VIP area with US First Lady Melania Trump and the couple took care not to be pictured together.
Word that the couple were attending together swept the arena when the prince’s private secretary, Ed Lane Fox, was seen busily preparing two seats and looking agitated.
The couple swept in at 1.55pm local time amid minimal fanfare and took their seats quietly.
The couple put on a very cosy display of togetherness as they sat courtside for the Wheelchair Tennis at the Invictus Games in Nathan Square, Toronto
Meghan shot her royal boyfriend an admiring glance as they arrived for the tennis match, hand in hand
The couple put on a show of togetherness with Harry leaning close to chat to his girlfriend during proceedings
Prince Harry and Meghan have made their first official public appearance together as a couple, arriving for the Invictus Games wheelchair tennis in Toronto, holding hands
Meghan looked perfectly comfortable for her first official appearance with her royal beau, clapping and cheering competitors
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada
It may have been a big moment for Meghan to appear publicly with her royal boyfriend for the first time, but the actress looked completely at ease and gave no hint of nerves.
Gentlemanly Harry was clearly eager to make sure the occasion went smoothly, placing a protective arm on his girlfriend’s back as he guided her to her seat.
Earlier the royal gave a moving speech in which he lauded servicemen and women as ‘role models for society’.
Speaking at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Mental Research (CIMVHR) Conference in Toronto, the Queen’s grandson, who himself was in the army for ten years and undertook two tours of duty to Afghanistan, praised the sense of ‘respect, discipline and leadership’ of those who wear a uniform and serve their country.
She’s a natural! It was a big moment for Meghan but she showed no hint of nerves as she made her first official appearance alongside her royal boyfriend
Twinning! Both Harry and Meghan opted for a casual look for the outing and shielded their eyes with dark glasses
Completely at ease: The pair waited a year before stepping out in public together, and their first royal engagement appeared to go without a hitch
Neither were able to hide their emotions as they got involved with the action on the court
The pair arrived to take their seats with minimal fanfare, sweeping in at 1.55pm local time to quietly take their seats
Beaming Meghan looked to be taking the pressure of her first appearance in her stride
Proud as punch Harry looked in fantastic spirits as he stepped out publicly with his actress girlfriend for the first time
He said: ‘Now I have long believed that individuals who wear the uniform are role models for society.
Their families understand the true meaning of teamwork, respect, discipline and leadership.
‘And in a world where this is often lacking, I bet the values by which service families live their lives and the example they set for others through these [Invictus] Games, is having a profound effect on their communities and far beyond. Wouldn’t it be great if we could prove that too!’
The fifth in line to the throne is currently in Toronto for the third Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event he founded for injured military personnel in 2014.
Round of applause! The pair showed their support for the competitors from Australia and New Zealand
Meghan looked relaxed in ripped blue jeans and a white shirt, shielding her eyes with a pair of dark glasses
Prince Harry was eager to make sure the couple’s first official appearance together in public went smoothly as he guided his partner to her seat
Prince Harry arrives at CIMVHR (Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Mental Health Research) Conference in Toronto
This year’s conference is being held to coincide with Harry’s Invcitus Games
Prince Harry speaks at the CIMVHR Conference during the Invictus Games 2017 at the Beanfield Centre
This year is the biggest event yet with some 550 competitors from 17 nations taking part in 12 adaptive spots, such as swimming, athletics and tennis.
The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 organising committee has funded a research study by Dalhousie University examining the importance of the role of adaptive sport in the rehabilitation of wounded, injured and sick military personnel and their families.
This has involved a comprehensive evaluation of the competitors competing in Toronto.
Harry was attending the opening session of the conference and leaning more about those findings.
HARRY’S SPEECH AT THE CIMVHR CONFERENCE
‘In 2013, I visited the Warrior Games in Colorado,’ he said. It was there that I first saw the impact which sport can play in the recovery of these men and women. I was amazed seeing the fiercest competition turn to respect, understanding and friendship the moment the finish line was crossed. I saw people giving it their all out on the court or in the pool, but then hugging their opponents as brothers in arms.
‘Seeing this for myself convinced me that we had to enable more injured and ill service men and women to benefit from the power of competition. And we had to find a way to stage the competition that could attract the attention of the world and inspire millions. The idea for the Invictus Games was born.
‘The journey to the first games was by no means easy: I gave my team nine months to deliver a concept which few people had heard of and even fewer had seen with their own eyes. But as you know, we succeeded and here we are at the third Invictus Games.
‘In that first year, what we had hoped but that none of us could have predicted was the way in which the public embraced the competitors and the spirit of the Games. The support was unbelievable and the guys and girls responded by putting on a sporting spectacle unlike anything seen before.’
He warned that for the competitors, the ‘journey’ to Invictus is often not an easy one.
The prince said: ‘We are dangling a carrot of sporting glory to help reignite qualities which have been worn down by months and often years of fighting – fighting to find purpose, fighting to reconnect with family, fighting to get fit again, fighting to leave the house and in some cases fighting to stay alive.
‘Sport of course is not the only answer, but it is a hugely powerful tool. People find motivation and purpose in many different things. But in my mind, there is no denying the impact that teamwork, competition and fun has on someone’s well-being and outlook. ‘
He also highlighted a letter he had received from the wife of a US competitor who wrote to him saying: ‘I’d like to say thank you (as the tears roll down my eyes). My husband is on the USA team and when he’s competing I see him smile. A genuine smile. I cry because that’s the one thing I can’t do as his wife. It hurts me but at the same time I try to understand that it’s not me. Our three children we call little warriors because they too have to adapt and overcome. The father, friend they once knew isn’t the same. I wish I would’ve been able to bring them because they could’ve shared in his happiness. Thank you for these games! They truly were a blessing because his smile is something we’ve missed!’
He added: ‘I am delighted that Celina’s research validates such comments. We believed the Games would make a real difference. Competitors, friends and their families told us that the Games were not only changing lives, but saving lives. And now what we believed to be true has been backed up by this high-quality academic research.’
In his speech to the conference he said: ‘I am sure it will come as no surprise to anyone in this room that I am hugely passionate about the Invictus Games.
‘I am passionate about the role which sport can play in the recovery of body and mind.
‘I am passionate about the men and women of our Armed Forces who have served their countries. And, I am passionate in my support and admiration for the families of those men and women, because they too have served.’
The prince looked relaxed in a grey jacket, teamed with his trademark blue chinos
The royal was flying solo for today’s engagement, after appearing at an official event with his girlfriend Meghan for the first time
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When dating a Prince, it’s your royal mission to look fit for the queen at all times, luckily for Prince Harry he’s dating Meghan Markle, who happens to always look glowing and radiant. This time all eyes were on the couple for appearing at their first royal outing together, despite being sat far away from each other.
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The prince will later make appearances at a number of the sporting events being held across the city.
His girlfriend Meghan joined Harry for the first time at an official event on Saturday, while he’s reportedly been to visit her on the set of her legal drama Suits.
But the royal, 33, was flying solo today and looked relaxed in a grey suit jacket, open necked shirt and his trademark navy chinos as he was welcomed to the event.
Meghan was accompanied by Markus Anderson, the Toronto-based consultant for private members clubs Soho House who is said to have introduced the star to the Prince
Every year CIMVHR invites thought leaders from the armed forces, reservists, military families and veterans organisations to present new research, exchange ideas and share insight.
This year’s event is being held in conjunction with Harry’s Invictus Games, which was first held in London in 2014.
Among the performers at the opening ceremony at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday were English Soprano Laura Wright, The Tenors and Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara.
The Prince was seated next to US First Lady Melania Trump during the opening ceremony
Meghan was sat just a few feet away from the Queen’s grandson, who was accompanied by US First Lady Melania Trump.
The star was escorted by her close friend Markus Anderson, who introduced her to Prince Harry last year.
Her low key presence marks the first time she has joined the Royal for an official event and will intensify speculation that an engagement announcement is imminent.
Harry, seated a quarter of a stadium away, occupied a VIP box alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US First Lady Melania Trump and Ukraine’s President Poroshenko.
Because they are not engaged, royal protocol dictates that Harry and Meghan cannot sit next to one another at official events.
The distance – 18 seats and four rows – did nothing to dampen the actress’s excitement or pride.
She beamed as Harry gave an inspiring and humble speech on stage during which he told the 550 athletes gathered: ‘You are all winners. You are Invictus.’
Harry has reportedly visited the set of Meghan’s hit legal drama Suits
During the eight-day Games, Harry will visit training sessions and watch participants competing in all 12 sports, including athletics, cycling and wheelchair basketball.
The Prince also visited a mental health and addiction teaching hospital on Saturday, and during the rest of his stay will hand out Duke of Edinburgh International Gold Awards to young Canadians and host a reception for the Invictus Games Foundation.
The high-profile closing ceremony on September 30 will feature performances by Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and Kelly Clarkson.