The Invictus Games hold a special place in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s hearts! The now-engaged pair made their first official public appearance as a couple at last year’s second annual event in Toronto, and they’re officially making it a tradition. The two visited Bath, England to meet with Invictus Games athletes as they competed at the UK Team Trials on Friday, April 6, and while chatting with one of the athletes, Meghan accidentally revealed she’ll be attending this year’s Games in Sydney.
“She told me she had never been to Australia but was going to this year’s event and really looking forward to being there with Harry,” Michael Mellon, a sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball participant, explained to royal reporter Omid Scobie. Kensington Palace has yet to confirm the news, but once it’s officially announced, it will be Meghan’s first of many overseas tours as a part of the royal family.
Harry and Meghan at the April 2018 Invictus event.
During their visit, Harry and Meghan wore their most casual looks yet — and looked great! Both Harry and his soon-to-be wife appropriately rocked Invictus Games attire. Meghan paired her branded polo with black bootcut Mother Denim jeans and a knee-length khaki green trench coat, while Harry threw on an Invictus Games winderbreaker overtop his own polo.
“Every time [Harry] sees me now he gives me an embrace,” Maurillia Simpson, an Invictus Games participant, told People. “It’s just something we do and I always tell him how much I appreciate him as a person and for who he is to us as soldiers and how gratefully we are for him giving us this as part of our recovery.” Simpson, 44, tried out for a spot in the shot put event before getting an opportunity to chat with Harry and his finacée. “We were talking about the weather and [Meghan] joked about how British she has already become because she’s always talking about the weather. She said, ‘I’m British now. I’m totally British because I speak about the weather all the time.'”
Harry and Meghan at the 2017 Invictus Games.
Meghan also took time to speak with 39-year-old Stephen Sebburn, another athlete competing at the trials. He couldn’t help but gush about her genuine and caring personality. “She was asking me about the run, so I explained it was the 1,500-meter and that everyone on the start line was sizing each other up at that point for the race,” he said. “Then she asked me about my family life. She is very open considering how much pressure she is under. She asked loads about me. It’s just crazy because everyone wants to meet her and as soon as they came out here everyone was really pumped up. It’s great that she’s here and so supportive.”
The 2018 Invictus Games will take place in Sydney, Australia in October. The annual event — which is an international Paralympic-style multi-sport competition for wounded armed service members and veterans — is very important to Harry. He launched the Invictus Games back in 2014, and he currently serves as patron of the Invictus Games Foundation. And just last year, at the 2017 Invictus Games, Harry and Meghan made headlines for their adorable PDA, and they weren’t afraid to hold hands or to cuddle up next to each other at the closing ceremonies. Now, seven short months later, they’re about to hold their highly-anticipated royal wedding!
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