Markle, 36, watched the opening ceremony from the Air Canada Centre seated with Markus Anderson, who reportedly introduced the couple a year ago. Prince Harry was seated several rows away with various foreign dignitaries including U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Markle’s appearance with Harry, their first together at an official royal engagement, is another indication that an engagement announcement is likely.
Markle made a splash appearing on the front cover of the October issue of Vanity Fair. In the cover story, Markle declared her love for Harry.
“I can tell you that at the end of the day, I think it’s really simple,” Markle told the magazine. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”
ABC News’ royal contributor Victoria Murphy said the article “shows the strength” of Harry’s and Markle’s one-year relationship.
“She would have had permission from Kensington Palace to give the [Vanity Fair] interview,” Murphy said. “It definitely shows the strength of their relationship and her confidence in their love.”
Last month the couple traveled to Africa together on a three-week trip to celebrate Markle’s 36th birthday.
Harry has been publicly supported by his girlfriends in the past — Chelsy Davy sat with Harry at the 10th anniversary concert for his late mother, Princess Diana, and Cressida Bonas attended an Invictus Games concert in London — but there is more to his relationship with Markle, according to royal experts.
“This is a public coming out of sorts,” Murphy said of Markle’s Invictus Games appearance with Harry before they are officially engaged.
Harry founded the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style competition for wounded service members, in 2014. In previous years, the games were held in London and Orlando.
The 2017 Invictus Games are taking place in Toronto, where Markle, a California native, lives while filming the television show “Suits.” The selection of Toronto as the 2017 host city was made before Harry started his relationship with the actress.
Harry and Markle began dating last summer after meeting through friends in London.
The couple has maintained a transatlantic relationship, traveling between London, where Harry lives at Kensington Palace, and Toronto.
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