It must be serious. Meghan Markle, the girlfriend of Prince Harry, enjoyed her first outing at an official society function on Saturday, watching the Queen’s grandson play polo.
If ever proof was needed that Miss Markle is here to stay, then her decision to attend the polo, a sport so dear to the heart of Prince Harry, is it.
This was the first time that Prince Harry and Miss Markle have  been present at a public event together, the couple having previously been keen to avoid the cameras.
Miss Markle’s appearance in the Royal box at Coworth Park, near Ascot in Berkshire, will inevitably spark further and excited speculation that the couple will one day wed – and possibly soon.

The actress smiled broadly and clapped her prince at the polo event at which the Duke of Cambridge also took part. Royal sources suggested Miss Markle’s polo visit was a curtain-raiser for her expected attendance in two weeks’ time on Prince Harry’s arm at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister.

That event will trigger frenzied coverage.

It has not been confirmed whether Miss Markle will attend the service or just the reception if she goes.

“This polo trip might just take a bit of the heat out of Meghan’s appearance at Pippa’s wedding,” said one Royal watcher.

Miss Middleton is marrying a hedge fund tycoon James Matthews at St Mark’s Church in Englefield in Berkshire, near to her parents’ home.

At the polo on Saturday, spectators were taken aback to see Miss Markle, who made her name as a leading actress on the hit US television drama series Suits, in public.

It was a star studded event that also included the Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, Darcey Bussell, the former ballerina turned Strictly Come Dancing judge, and Matt Smith, the actor whose roles have, ironically enough, included playing a young Duke of Edinburgh in the drama series The Crown.

Carina Kerridge, who described herself on Twitter as an eyelash and nail technician from Tamworth, Staffordshire, tweeted: “At the Polo watching Prince Harry, sat across from Matt Smith, and Meghan Markle! This is the life lol [laugh out loud]!”

She later added: “Omg [Oh my god] so many photo requests! My twitters never been so popular!”
Miss Markle, 35, cheered on her prince as onlookers delighted in her arrival on the polo scene.
She was photographed on a balcony overlooking the polo grounds, dressed in a white blazer and elegant navy dress.  Her sunglasses remained in place.

Accompanying Miss Markle was Mark Dyer, a former Welsh Guards officer and one-time equerry to the Prince of Wales, who has been described as “Harry’s second father”.

Mr Dyer was instrumental in helping Prince Harry to set up Sentebale, a children’s charity in Lesotho.

The Audi Polo Challenge raised funds for Sentebale and another of his charities WellChild.

Kensington Palace tweeted: “THR [their royal highnesses] have taken part in polo fixtures in support of their charities since 2007, raising over £10 million for charitable causes to date.”

The Palace said the Princes will play in a series of polo matches once again this summer to raise funds and awareness for the charities they support as Patrons.

Also at Miss Markle’s side was Mr Dyer’s American wife Amanda Kline. Prince Harry and Miss Markle, who is three years his senior, have been an item since last summer.

They were seen together earlier this year at a friend’s wedding in Jamaica.

Formerly a prolific social media user, Miss Markle has not posted on her public Instagram or Twitter accounts in well over a month, a move that has been read as preparation for life as a member of the Royal family.

Prince Harry is extremely protective of his partner.

In November, he issued a public appeal for Miss Markle to be left alone and accused  some of the world’s media of subjecting her “to a wave of abuse and harassment”.

Coworth Park, a luxury hotel in Berkshire and part of the Dorchester Hotel group, is the only hotel in the UK where guests can also practice polo.

Coworth Park, a luxury hotel in Berkshire and part of the Dorchester Hotel group, is the only hotel in the UK where guests can also practice polo.

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’. 

By telegraph

Someone is about to become a princess

Meghan Markle watches Prince Harry playing polo today

Meghan Markle watches with Mark Dwyers wife

Meghan Markle watches with Mark Dwyer as Prince Harry plays in the Audi Polo Challenge

Prince Harry's horse rears up as he plays in the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park

Prince Harry enjoys a moment during today's polo event

Prince Harry playing in the Audi Polo Challenge today

The duke and Harry will play in the polo matches once again this summer

They will play To raise funds and awareness for charities they support

Hannah Bagshawe (L) and Eddie Redmayne

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