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Hugs all round from Prince Harry at Invictus Games, but his girlfriend keeps low profile

By Talia Shadwell

A casually-dressed Prince Harry embraced beaming athletes as he handed out medals at the Invictus Games at Toronto's York Lions Stadium.

But there was still no reward for keen royal-watchers, who are eagerly awaiting a glimpse of the prince with his actress girlfriend Meghan Markle.

The US actress was nowhere to be seen as the competition got under way yesterday.

Markle was spotted at the opening ceremony in Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Saturday but was seated with a friend and has not yet been seen with Harry at Invictus.

Markle's attendance at the eight-day Paralympics-style event represents an important juncture in the couple's nearly year-long relationship - marking her first outing at one of Harry's official public engagements.

Toronto resident Markle's presence was eagerly documented during the opening ceremony, as she watched on from the stands.

While Harry was seated in an area reserved for VIP spectators during the ceremony, his Suits star girlfriend was around 20 places and four rows away in a public area of the stands, reportedly guarded by the Prince's own protection squad.

While royal-watchers may have been hoping for a more romantic seat pairing, the Prince kept notable company.

The Prince was seated next to US first lady Melania Trump, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.

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