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Prince Harry Steps Out for First Appearance Since Confirming Meghan Markle Romance

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Prince Harry stepped out for the first time since confirming his relationship with Suits star Meghan Markle as he joined his grandfather Prince Philip at a ceremony to remember those lost in battle Thursday.

Harry and Philip, 95, came together to view the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey — the first in a series of events to mark the fallen in the U.K.

On Tuesday, Harry fiercely defended Markle in an unprecedented statement that slammed the “harassment” and “abuse” she has faced since news of their relationship broke.

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Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock

The prince, 32, and the L.A.-born actress, 35, have been dating seriously for about two months, PEOPLE confirmed last week. Things are moving so quickly, in fact, that Harry has already introduced Markle to his father (and the future king of England), Prince Charles, PEOPLE has learned.

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James Whatling
James Whatling

It was fitting that the two princes kicked off the series of commemorations for sacrifices made in battle as both are Armed Forces veterans themselves. Harry, 32, served two tours of Afghanistan during his decade-long service in the Army, while Philip, 94, was a naval officer during WWII.

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Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock

The duo also represented the royal family during the same event last year. On Friday, Harry will visit the the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire for the Armistace Day service.

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Princess Kate and Prince William are expected to join Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday evening, while most of the senior royals will lay wreaths of bright red poppies at the Cenotaph war memorial in Whitehall, central London, on Sunday.