Prince Harry launched the third Invictus Games, in Toronto, for disabled or wounded soldiers and veterans as he made his first public appearance with his actress girlfriend Meghan Markle.
Although the couple were not seated together, she was sat just a few feet away from the Queen's grandson, who was accompanied by US First Lady Melania Trump.
Harry, seated a quarter of a stadium away, occupied a VIP box. Because they are not engaged, royal protocol dictates that Harry and Meghan cannot sit next to one another at official events.
Watched by a beeaming and proud Markle, Harry ended the speech with a call to action, telling the assembled athletes: 'You are all winners. You are Invictus. Let's get started.'
The prince, dressed in a blue blazer and beige pants, spent some time with athletes following a tour of Toronto's Center for Addiction and Mental Health, which his late mother Diana visited 26 years ago.
Wearing a brown leather jacket over her shoulders, the American actress’s low key presence marked the first time she joined the Royal for an official event and will intensify speculation that an engagement announcement is imminent.