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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Meghan steps out for first engagement with Harry

Meghan Markle sat in a section of the public. Photo: PA
Meghan Markle sat in a section of the public. Photo: PA

Meghan Markle has made her first appearance at an official engagement attended by Prince Harry.

The US actress (36) was seen at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto, the competition for wounded veterans founded by the Prince (33).

However, the couple, who have been an item for just over a year, did not sit together in the Air Canada Centre. Ms Markle sat in a section for the public while Harry sat in a nearby VIP area.

Sat next to US First Lady Melania Trump (right, with Harry) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Queen's grandson rose to his feet as the UK team arrived in the stadium.

Meanwhile, the Suits star - who wore a plum-coloured leather jacket and a burgundy pleated dress paired with a red velvet clutch bag - smiled and clapped as the 550 competitors from 17 nations filed in.

Protection

Ms Markle was accompanied by a friend while members of the Prince's protection squad stood guard.

At least one member of the crowd is said to have been stopped as they tried to take a photograph of the actress.

The Toronto resident had not been seen since Harry's arrival ahead of the Games on Friday, although there was fevered speculation the event would be the first time the couple stepped out together.

Kensington Palace is not commenting on Ms Markle's appearance at the ceremony, which will be viewed by royal watchers as a milestone in their relationship.

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