Prince Harry, Meghan Markle make first official outing at Invictus Games

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Montreal - Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle made their first official public appearance together Monday, arriving hand in hand for a wheelchair tennis match at Toronto's Invictus Games.

Wearing a black "Invictus Games" polo shirt and jeans, the British royal and American actress Markle - also dressed down in jeans and a white shirt - enjoyed the sun together as they watched the action on court.

Since the 36-year-old "Suits" actress told Vanity Fair the couple are "in love," fans and the press have been eagerly awaiting an official appearance - with onlookers scrabbling to take pictures as they were escorted into Monday's event.

"We're two people who are really happy and in love," Markle told the magazine in an interview published early this month.

The couple both attended the opening ceremony of the third Invictus Games - created by Prince Harry for disabled or wounded soldiers and veterans - on Saturday.

Markle was pictured sitting a few rows behind the royal's seat next to US First Lady Melania Trump.

According to his schedule, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson will stay at Markle's Toronto home for all eight days of the Games.

Meghan Markle makes first official appearance as Prince Harry's girlfriend at Invictus Games

  • Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle made their first official public appearance together Monday, arriving hand in hand for a wheelchair tennis match at Toronto's Invictus Games.
  • Wearing a black "Invictus Games" polo shirt and jeans, the British royal and American actress Markle - also dressed down in jeans and a white shirt - enjoyed the sun together as they watched the action on court.
  • Since the 36-year-old "Suits" actress told Vanity Fair the couple are "in love," fans and the press have been eagerly awaiting an official appearance - with onlookers scrabbling to take pictures as they were escorted into Monday's event.
  • The pair looked happy and in love as they sat courtside.
  • The couple both attended the opening ceremony of the third Invictus Games - created by Prince Harry for disabled or wounded soldiers and veterans - on Saturday.
  • The pair were spotted lightly touching each other when seated at the match.
  • Prince Harry was also photographed whispering in Markle's ears on numerous occasions.
  • The couple left the venue hand-in-hand
  • Prince Harry launched the third Invictus Games on Saturday (Sept 23) for disabled or wounded soldiers and veterans as he made his first public appearance with his girlfriend Meghan Markle.
  • Wearing a brown leather jacket over her shoulders, the American actress was seated a few rows behind the British royal who took his place at the opening ceremony alongside US First Lady Melania Trump.
  • According to his schedule, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson plans to stay at Markle's Toronto home for the entire eight days of the Games.
  • Fans and the press have been eagerly awaiting the first official public appearance of the prince and Markle since the Suits actress, 36, told Vanity Fair the couple are “in love” in an interview published early this month.
  • British tabloid Daily Star, which broke the story of the pair dating, said the two might have met in May in Toronto, where Harry, 32, promoted the 2017 Invictus Games for injured servicemen. The 35-year-old American actress lives in the Canadian city as Suits is filmed there.
  • Markle, who also runs a lifestyle site called The Tig (named after a mispronunciation of a wine called Tignanello), has a million followers on Instagram and her social media account has been combed for clues to the royal romance.
  • The "Suits" actress has formally met Prince Charles, father of the prince, and Duchess Camilla, reports the Daily Mail.
  • On Sept. 5, Markle spoke to Vanity Fair about being "really happy and in love" with the prince. She confirmed that they first met in July 2016 and wanted to keep their relationship private.
  • In December 2016, Queen Elizabeth II expressed approval for the actress, reported Us Weekly.
  • Markle has also been acquainted with Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte in January 2017, while the prince met his girlfriend's father in the same month.
  • The actress plays a paralegal in the US drama, Suits
  • Markle told Vanity Fair that she and the prince dated for months before going public about their relationship last year.
  • "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," she said.
  • "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."
  • "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," she added, although it was actually four months later, in November, that Prince Harry confirmed the relationship.
  • "Nothing about me changed. I'm still the same person that I am, and I've never defined myself by my relationship."
  • "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," she said. A grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and the second son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Harry is fifth in line to the throne.

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