It's official: Prince William and Kate Middleton have some major competition in the cuteness department. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first official joint outing as a couple has finally happened — and there are all the images you could've imagined as proof. As reported by People, they attended the wheelchair tennis event at the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for wounded, injured, or sick current armed forces members and veterans, in Toronto on Monday. What makes Markle and Harry's appearance all the more swoon-worthy is that they showed up walking hand-in-hand.
Yes, the duo has been spotted on multiple occasions, including at that wedding in Jamaica for Harry's best friend in March or when they arrived at Pippa Middleton's wedding reception in May. Oh, there was also that time in December 2016 when they were seen in London walking to a West End showing at the Gielgud Theatre of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and that other time in February when they first held hands in public.
As you're probably already well aware, on Saturday, Sept. 23, they also both attended the Invictus Games, which was considered their first public appearance together. However, unlike the following photos of Harry and the Suits star, there aren't any of them actually together at the event. They didn't even sit together. Markle watched the event with her friend, Markus Anderson, whereas Harry sat a few rows away from her with Melania Trump.
Regarding all of the previous times Harry and Markle have been photographed together, none of those photos were the greatest. Many of the images were super grainy, but this time is obviously different. There are now crystal clear pictures — and videos — of them showing off just how adorable of a couple they are.
As you can see, they didn't hide from photographers, but walked openly and freely into the Invictus Games event without a care in the world and showing everyone just how happy they are as a couple.
Whispering In Her Ear
Hey, Harry, whatcha saying?
Leaning In Even Closer
He must be telling her something really good to make her smile like that.
Meeting Young Attendees
A Round Of Applause
They even look good clapping.
Pointing Out Something Important
"Hey, Meghan, look!"
The Perfect Candid
How can a couple be this cute?
The adorableness is never-ending.
Making Each Other Laugh
Yep, they are flawless.
In October, the 36-year-old actor opened up for the first time to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Harry. "I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple," she said about how she deals with the "tabloid nonsense" involving herself and Harry. She continued,
"We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship."
Before Markle commented on Harry, the 33-year-old British royal defended her in a letter that was released by Kensington Palace in November 2016. This also marked the first time their relationship was confirmed. The letter spoke out against the press, which had been harassing Markle at the time. Part of the letter reads:
Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is "the price she has to pay" and that "this is all part of the game." He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.
According to Us Weekly, they started dating in May 2016. They've been quite secretive and private about their relationship — until now. The fact that they are now stepping out together just goes to show you that they are choosing to no longer hide and are willing to share at least a small portion of their lives as a couple with the public.
Now that they've made their first official appearance, there's a good chance Harry and Markle will make even more. And it's great news for any fans, because the photos taken of them are too cute not to share with the world.