Prince Harry was today joined by his American girlfriend Meghan Markle for their first ever public outing at an exclusive polo event in Ascot.
The beaming Suits actress, 35, who has been dating the fifth in line to the throne for ten months, clapped as she watched Harry play polo from the royal box.
The Los Angeles-born star looked impeccably stylish in a navy asymmetric dress by Antonio Berardi and white blazer as she proudly applauded from the balcony.
Despite initially trying to keep their romance under wraps, the outing at a formal occasion shows that their relationship is going from strength to strength.
Harry was also joined by his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, for the fun and games at the lavish Coworth Park polo club in Berkshire.
The youngest Prince looked in his element during the first day of the competition on the Berkshire grounds in front of celebrity onlookers including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, dancer Darcey Bussell and actor Matt Smith.
Meghan and Harry’s outing comes ahead of rumours that the actress will attend Pippa Middleton’s wedding on May 20 – despite reports that Pippa is decreeing a ‘no ring, no bring’ policy in regard to plus ones.
Despite filming in Canada, sources tell the Mail that she has taken a week’s holiday and is expected to attend the ceremony and the reception.
Her appearance would fuel speculation that there may be another wedding on the cards after Pippa’s. Kensington Palace refused to comment yesterday.
In March, Miss Markle joined Harry at his best friend Tom Inskip’s wedding to Lara Hughes-Young in Jamaica.
Weeks later, when Miss Markle flew to London, Harry whisked her off to the Natural History Museum for a secret late night visit.
And Harry recently flew to Toronto to be with her over Easter while, last week, the actress – who is also a charity campaigner – was recently seen wearing a gold ring featuring what appeared to be the letter ‘H’.
It comes as Harry said he is keen to start a family, revealing: ‘Of course I would love to have kids.’
The 32-year-old – a doting uncle to his brother’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte – said he was in a ‘good place’ and finally in a position to take his private life ‘seriously’.
Although he sidestepped questions about his love life, Harry is said to be ‘besotted’ with Ms Markle.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he added: ‘I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well.’
In November last year, after news of their relationship emerged, Harry issued an unprecedented plea for ‘racist and sexist’ online trolls to leave her alone amif fears the intense scrutiny would drive her away.
In a statement which confirmed their relationship, the Prince accused mainstream and social media of ‘crossing a line’.
The Prince said it was not right that Miss Markle ‘should be subjected to such a storm’.
Until she met the prince, Miss Markle was a keen user of social media, particularly Instagram, on which she often posted pictures from her travels or at home.
In recent months, as her romance with Harry as got more serious, she has deliberately withdrawn from such personal postings and even closed down her lifestyle and wellness website, The Tig.
Prince Harry previously dated Chelsy Davy and model Cressida Bonas, who was unhappy with the constant attention she received in public.
Meanwhile at Ascot on Saturday, Harry appeared to be in chirpy spirits – and even the horse seemed to be smiling as Harry cavorted around the pitch.
Although a little cloudy, the weather held out for the charity match, keeping the players in high spirits.
Coworth Park, a luxury hotel in Berkshire, is the only hotel in the UK where guests can practice polo and recently launcehd a £1,010 ‘Ultimate Polo Experience’ which gives visitors an introduction to the Royal game.
The club, based in Windsor Great Park, boasts ten polo pitches, purpose-built clubhouse and a Royal box. The Queen is its patron and it has been referred to as the ‘most prestigious polo club in the world’.