Something to smile about, Harry? Beaming Prince arrives in Toronto for the Invictus Games - and his much-anticipated first public appearance with Meghan Markle

  • Prince Harry, 33, has arrived  in Canada ahead of  Invictus Games opening ceremony
  • There was no sign of his girlfriend Meghan Markle - but the Suits star, 36, is widely expected to make her first public appearance with him 
  • Began countdown by meeting competitors in central Toronto to discuss global sporting event 
  • During visit he will hold a bilateral meeting with US First Lady Melania Trump 

Prince Harry was without girlfriend Meghan Markle as he made his first appearance at the Invictus Games – an early morning visit to Scotia Plaza in downtown Toronto.

Dressed in a blue sports jacket, a white shirt and black jeans, the royal, 33, beamed at the small crowd that had gathered to see him and shook hands with well-wishers.

Harry was at Scotia Plaza to attend the True Patriot Love Symposium; an annual meeting that brings together representatives from non-profit foundations, business and government to discuss how best to help military veterans and their families.

The agenda at this year's event, which is being livestreamed online throughout the day, is focused on soldiers' wellbeing during both peacetime and during war.

Happy to be here: Smiling and relaxed Prince Harry arrived for the first engagement he is holding in Toronto ahead of his Invictus Games. His girlfriend Meghan Markle is expected to attend

Happy to be here: Smiling and relaxed Prince Harry arrived for the first engagement he is holding in Toronto ahead of his Invictus Games. His girlfriend Meghan Markle is expected to attend

With the athletes: Prince Harry met competitors in the Invictus Games in Toronto on Friday as he prepared for their opening ceremony 

With the athletes: Prince Harry met competitors in the Invictus Games in Toronto on Friday as he prepared for their opening ceremony 

Photo time: Prince Harry posed for pictures with Australian veteran and athlete Mark Reidy, his wife Karen May, and their children at the True Love Patriot Symposium in Toronto

Photo time: Prince Harry posed for pictures with Australian veteran and athlete Mark Reidy, his wife Karen May, and their children at the True Love Patriot Symposium in Toronto

I met Harry! The Prince posed with participants in the True Love Patriot Symposium which marks the end of preparations for the Invictus Games

I met Harry! The Prince posed with participants in the True Love Patriot Symposium which marks the end of preparations for the Invictus Games

All business: Prince Harry was dressed smartly as he arrived at the Toronto venue where the Invictus Games warm-up event was being held

All business: Prince Harry was dressed smartly as he arrived at the Toronto venue where the Invictus Games warm-up event was being held

Call me: A light-hearted Prince Harry was all smiles as he attended the symposium in Scotia Plaza, Toronto, as a final preparation for his Invictus Games

Call me: A light-hearted Prince Harry was all smiles as he attended the symposium in Scotia Plaza, Toronto, as a final preparation for his Invictus Games

Smiling Prince Harry arriving at the True Love Symposium, a national charity dedicated to funding essential programs and services for military families, on the eve of the Invictus Games

Smiling Prince Harry arriving at the True Love Symposium, a national charity dedicated to funding essential programs and services for military families, on the eve of the Invictus Games

In love: Meghan Markle broke her silence on the relationship with Prince Harry telling Vanity Fair: 'We are two people who are really happy and in love,;

In love: Meghan Markle broke her silence on the relationship with Prince Harry telling Vanity Fair: 'We are two people who are really happy and in love,;

Meghan Markle, 36, is widely expected to make her first official appearance with the Prince at some stage during the games 

Meghan Markle, 36, is widely expected to make her first official appearance with the Prince at some stage during the games 

The royal was happy to pose for a photo with guests at the True Love Patriot Symposium 

The royal was happy to pose for a photo with guests at the True Love Patriot Symposium 

Red-haired royal Harry will spend part of the morning at the event, meeting Invictus competitors and their families who are taking part in a panel discussion.

Afterwards, he will travel to the Pan Am Sports Centre where he is expected to watch some of the training sessions taking place ahead of the Games.

Tomorrow will see the Prince hold bilateral meetings with US First Lady Melania Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and outgoing Canadian Governor General David Johnston.

He will also take part in the Jaguar LandRover Driving Challenge in Toronto's quaint distillery district before going on to the Opening Ceremony at the Air Canada Center.

Harry looked to be bursting with pride ahead of the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games, one of the projects that's closest to his heart 

Harry looked to be bursting with pride ahead of the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games, one of the projects that's closest to his heart 

Harry arriving for the True Patriot Love Symposium at the Scotia Plaza in Toronto, Canada

Harry arriving for the True Patriot Love Symposium at the Scotia Plaza in Toronto, Canada

The Prince was in high spirits as he arrived at Scotia Plaza in the city on Friday 

The Prince was in high spirits as he arrived at Scotia Plaza in the city on Friday 

Joined by Melania Trump and Justin Trudeau, the Prince will see Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and The Tenors take to the stage, as well as a parade of nations and an official flag-raising ceremony.

Meghan, who is understood to be in Toronto, is also a potential attendee, although the glamorous Suits actress has not publicly disclosed whether she plans to be at the event.

Earlier this month, 36-year-old spoke to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Harry – telling the magazine the couple are 'in love'.

The very public declaration sparked another round of engagement rumors, first ignited by her appearance on the sidelines at a polo match in Gloucestershire, UK, and at Pippa Middleton's wedding in May.

Although the actress has no official role in the Games, she is expected to attend at least one of the events, although it is not known whether it will be with her royal boyfriend or as an individual.

This year's event, the third, is being held in Toronto and follows successful Games in Orlando, Florida, and London, UK.

The Prince looked at ease as he chatted with competitors and their families at the True Patriot Love Symposium

The Prince looked at ease as he chatted with competitors and their families at the True Patriot Love Symposium

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday in Toronto, kicking off a week of action

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday in Toronto, kicking off a week of action

The Prince with British Gold Medal Winner for the 200m Dave Henson during the 2014 Games 

The Prince with British Gold Medal Winner for the 200m Dave Henson during the 2014 Games 

Competing nations include hosts Canada, the USA, Great Britain, Denmark, Afghanistan and Iraq, among others and a total of 550 veterans will take part.

Harry is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which manages the event, and was in Sydney, Australia, earlier this year to launch the 2018 Games.

On his return to the UK, it has been announced the royal will take part in a two-day visit to Danish capital Copenhagen, where he will meet members of Team Denmark freshly returned from Canada.

The visit, which was announced by Kensington Palace this morning, will take place on October 25 and 26 and will also include an audience with long-serving Danish head of state, Queen Margrethe II.

  

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