Meghan Markle attends 'first royal engagement'

Actor, activist and Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle has attended her first official engagement.

Sort of.

Markle was spotted in the crowd at the opening ceremony in Toronto of the Invictus Games, an Olympic-style sporting event organised by Prince Harry for wounded, injured and sick members of the armed forces.

It's something he established in 2014 that will be held in Australia in October next year.

According to royal correspondents, Markle was seated "18 seats and four rows" away from the prince who was holding court inside the Royal Box alongside US first lady Melania Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

Markle lives in Toronto where she films the TV drama Suits. She did not mingle with Harry at the function because royal protocol states the couple cannot be seated next to each other at official events as they are not engaged or married.

Instead, she attended the reception for the 550 athletes with her friend, Markus Anderson. Anderson is the global membership director of Soho House, a private members club with chapters in Toronto, the US and London.

He reportedly introduced Markle and Harry at the exclusive venue in London.

Markle, wearing a $870 Mackage leather jacket and a $220 Aritzia chiffon dress, was allegedly escorted from the event following Harry's speech by a number of security guards, including one of the prince's Scotland Yard bodyguards, who are protection officers funded by British taxpayers to serve the royal family.

Competitors from 17 countries are due to compete in 12 sports over the next week at the third Invictus Games.

"I hope you are ready for some fierce competition," Harry said. "You are all winners. You are all Invictus. Let's get started."

Markle smiled when Harry spoke and laughed when he mangled a line in French.

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