A Big Step for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
Their first official public appearance
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2017 1:40 PM CDT
Updated Sep 25, 2017 3:40 PM CDT
Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle arrive at a wheelchair tennis event at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.    (Nathan Denette)
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(Newser) – Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have made their first official public appearance as a couple. The prince and Markle held hands Monday as they walked toward Toronto's city hall and attended a wheelchair tennis event at Harry's Invictus Games for wounded veterans, the AP reports. Both were dressed casually, the prince sporting jeans with a black polo shirt while his girlfriend wore a white button-down shirt with blue jeans ripped at the knee. Markle, a Toronto-based actor best known for her role in the US Network legal drama Suits, appeared at the games' opening ceremony this weekend, cheering from the stands while Harry sat four rows and a section away beside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US first lady Melania Trump.

The couple has been photographed together in the past but this is the first time they have appeared together at an official event. The two sat together and took in a match of the wheelchair tennis between Australia and New Zealand at the small venue. Both wore sunglasses on an uncommonly hot sunny day for Toronto in late September. Markle, 36, recently told Vanity Fair they're in love. Harry, 33, has been dating Markle since last year. He confirmed the relationship in November when he complained about intrusive press coverage. The Vanity Fair interview prompted British bet-maker Betfair to offer 6-to-4 odds that the couple is engaged by the end of 2017 and 3-to-1 odds that they marry in 2018.

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