American actress Meghan Markle's attendance at a celebrity polo match in which Prince Harry played is increasing British press speculation about their relationship, reports the AP. Photographs from the Saturday's match show Markle on the sidelines, but the appearance is being hailed as her first public event with Harry. The Telegraph published a grainy shot of Markle noting that she watched from the Royal Box. "If ever proof was needed that Miss Markle is here to stay, then her decision to attend the polo, a sport so dear to the heart of Prince Harry, is it," it wrote. "This polo trip might just take a bit of the heat out of Meghan’s appearance at Pippa’s wedding," which is in two weeks, says a royal watcher. What it also did: Ramp up speculation that the two might be headed down the aisle themselves in the near future.
The Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, put it thusly: "Meghan Makes her Markle at Harry Polo." Harry's office at Kensington Palace did not comment on the images. The palace said in a statement issued Saturday that Harry and his brother, Prince William, have taken part in polo fixtures since 2007 to raise money for charity, bringing in $12 million to date. (The British royals might need a deeper bench after this fall.)