Prince Harry and his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, are expected to make their first official public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto on September 23, it has been revealed.
The Invictus Games, which feature injured and disabled Servicemen, are Prince Harry's passion project, and Toronto – the city where Suits is filmed – is Miss Markle's adopted home.
She is already a regular guest at his bachelor quarters and is on good terms with their neighbours, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Meghan has met her prospective in-laws, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall . Her meeting with Charles and Camilla is felt to be a particularly significant in her relationship with Harry.
Meghan could soon be swapping her Toronto home for Kensington Palace , as its officials are said to be treating marriage as inevitability
. However, Meghan is thought by some senior courtiers to have already breached Royal etiquette
with her recent Vanity Fair interview.
Her appearance on the magazine's cover to promote the Suits had been sanctioned by Prince Harry and Kensington Palace, but is said to have been greeted with surprise and dismay by Buckingham Palace.
Miss Markle told Vanity Fair: 'We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell.”
The comparatively intimate nature of the comments, combined with the fact the interview was to advertise a TV show, is thought to have caused concern to senior Royals.
After that, Buckingham Palace is likely to want to take a degree of control over the actress's public life, not least because of her background. Meghan is three years older than Harry and a divorce.
Marriage to Miss Markle would have no constitutional ramifications but the palace would wish to protect the public profile of a woman likely to become a full-time working Royal, and perhaps mother to a new generation of Royal children.