It's a special engagement for Harry and Meghan, who made their first official public appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017

By Diana Pearl and Phil Boucher
April 06, 2018 08:15 AM
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Game on!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who will wed in Windsor on May 19, visited Bath, England, on Friday for the U.K. Team Trials for the 2018 Invictus Games, to be held in Sydney in October.

Dressed casually in their Invictus polos, Meghan opted for black bootcut jeans from her go-to brand, Mother Denim (shop a similar style here) and an olive green trench coat from Babaton by Aritzia (shop a similar style here and here). Both Harry and Meghan also wore matching Invictus Games-branded polo shirts.

In Bath, they spent the day watching the trials and meeting with athletes who hope to represent the United Kingdom at the games in Sydney. This year, some 400 veterans will compete for 72 spots on the team to participate in the games.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry launched the Paralympic-style Invictus Games — for wounded and recovering service members and veterans from around the world— in London in 2014, followed by Orlando in 2016 and Toronto in 2017.

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The event has a special connection for Harry and Meghan, as they made their first public appearance as a couple in September 2017 at the Invictus Games in Toronto. There, they watched a wheelchair tennis match side-by-side (after making their way in holding hands) and sat together at the closing ceremonies.

Maurillia Simpson, 44, who injured her leg while training for Afghanistan, chatted with the couple after taking part in the shot put event.

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“Every time [Harry] sees me now he gives me an embrace,” she tells 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 says she and Meghan also joked about the windy weather. “We were talking about the weather and she joked about how British she has already become because she’s always talking about the weather,” Simpson says. “She said, ‘I’m British now. I’m totally British because I speak about the weather all the time.”

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Simpson then congratulated the couple on their upcoming wedding and told Harry how glad she was that he had found support in Meghan, to which he responded: “Thank you very much.” Meghan added, “That means a lot to me.”


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Athlete Stephen Sebburn, 39, also chatted with Meghan during the event.

“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. 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.

“Obviously, Harry is the man and I love meeting him. I met him in Toronto and he wished me luck in my cycling event. I got a selfie with him and my 16-year-old daughter told me to never wash my left shoulder again because I’ve been touched by a prince. It’s just things like that. I came from a very dark place and I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but the Invictus Games has really helped me.”

Harry and Meghan have been hop-scotching across the United Kingdom for royal engagements ahead of their May wedding. Since their November 2017 engagement, they’ve been to Edinburgh, Scotland, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Cardiff, Wales, among other cities.