Animated Prince Harry Takes In The Action With Staff From His Charity At The Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their public debut at the Invictus Games.

And even though she has not been in attendance since it seems that the royal is not short of company.

Harry, 33, was seen conversing with friend Rose Hall who works for the Invictus Games Foundation, during a wheelchair rugby match at the Invictus Games in Toronto on Thursday.

The pair were given major position during the match between the United States and Denmark, the eventual gold medal winners.

While Harry is known to be an enthusiastic spectator the royal appeared to be slightly preoccupied during the match as he and Rose enjoyed a joke.

The brunette, who was dressed in a casual ensemble of a navy sweatshirt and jeans, appeared to be thoroughly enjoying her one on one time with the prince on Thursday.

However, in spite of his newfound friendship Harry seemed to spare a thought for those outside of the stadium as he was pictured using his phone during the game.

The 33-year-old was seen snapping pictures and typing away on his iPhone during the finals of the wheelchair rugby competition at the Mattamy Athletic Centre while watching a game between the United States and Denmark, the eventual gold medal winners.

It is possible that Harry was sending a few candid snapshots and messages to his girlfriend Meghan Markle, 36, who has not made an appearance at the games since she and the prince stepped out for their debut as a couple on Monday, when they arrived hand-in-hand at the tennis tournament.

After the match Harry entered the pitch in order to present members of the Danish rugby team with their gold medals.

The empathetic prince enthusiastically shaking hands with the team members before planting a kiss on the head of gold medalist Maurice Manuel.

Harry definitely seemed a bit distracted at times during the wheelchair rugby games, looking down to type away on his iPhone, which was covered by a protective clear case, after holding the smartphone up to snap a few images of the scenes going on in front of him.

Ironically, Harry’s focus on his iPhone came just hours after he made a surprise appearance at the WE Day celebrations, where he made a rousing speech about how important it is for young people to ‘look up from their phones’ and stop focusing solely on social media.

The royal was the surprise guest at Toronto’s WE Day event, part of a global day of celebration to bring young people together and make change through social good.

More than 5,000 schoolchildren were in the city’s Air Canada Centre and gave Harry a tumultuous, almost evangelical, welcome when he appeared on stage.

The prince said there was too much sarcasm and lethargy in the world and called for young people put aside their fears and make their voice heard.

Casually dressed in a blue shirt and grey chinos, the prince confessed that he was older than many in the audience, but asserted that he understood the pressures they faced and called on them to be cautious about their use of social media.

He urged: ‘You know that differences of opinion, of circumstance, of race and religion – are to be respected and celebrated.

‘You know that in a clickbait culture, we cannot waste time sharing and drawing attention to things that make us angry, or that we know to be false.

‘You all know that it’s great to “like” things on social media, but that it’s more important to look up from our phones, to get out into our communities, and to take real action; to stand up for what you believe in.’

While it is not known exactly what Harry was doing, or who he may have been messaging, it is understood that he has been keeping his girlfriend up to date with all of the goings, after he revealed earlier this week that she has been ‘loving’ the games thus far.

The Prince revealed her passion for the Paralympic-style event for injured servicemen he set up three years ago when he met cycling competitors on Wednesday afternoon.

‘I asked him how his girlfriend was enjoying it and he said ‘she loves it, she’s loving the games,’ which is awesome’ said former US air force master sergeant Kyle Burnett, 37.

Harry and Meghan’s relationship has been the source of much public interest during the week that he has been in Toronto for the sporting event; coincidentally the city is also the location of filming for Meghan’s popular TV show Suits, and the prince is even said to have paid a visit to the set after arriving in Canada before the start of the games.

But in spite of expressing her enthusiasm for the games through her boyfriend, Meghan has not made an appearance at any of the events since the couple made their much-anticipated debut on Monday at the tennis tournament.

There, the duo finally confirmed their relationship to the world, holding hands as they made their way into the event, and then laughing and chatting happily while sitting in the stands.

Meghan has also moved into Harry’s room at the five-star Fairmont Royal York so that the two can spend plenty of time together while they are in the same country.

Her close connection to the prince has not been without its worries, however, and on Thursday, DailyMailTV exclusively revealed that Meghan has been given her own security detail by the makers of her legal drama Suits, after concerns were raised over her safety.

NBC Universal, the company behind the TV hit, is footing the bill for the round-the-clock protection, because Meghan is not currently entitled to official royal protection, a service only granted to members of the royal family.

Even though there is not understood to be a specific threat, the combination of her growing public profile and an awareness that Harry has claimed there have been social media attacks on Markle for her biracial heritage appear to have prompted to move.

However any concern or stress caused by the heightened security doesn’t seem to have dampened Harry’s spirits; other than his occasional distracted moments, the prince looked to be having a whale of a time at the wheelchair rugby finals, where he later awarded the winners, Team Denmark, with their gold medals.

It might have been a slightly bittersweet moment for Harry, after Denmark bested his home team in the hard-fought final with a score of 23-18, however any upset the royal may have felt over the result did not show on his face as he congratulated the players on their phenomenal success.

The prince happily chatted with each of the team members as he presented them with their golds, having already presented medals to third-place USA, and second place UK. Harry even went as far as to place a big kiss on the bald head of one of Denmark’s players, who looked delighted at the display of friendly affection.

But that player wasn’t the only one to receive personal congratulations from Harry, who offered hugs and enthusiastic handshakes to each person as he went down their line.

And Team Denmark’s players weren’t the only people to get warm one-on-one with Prince Harry.

At the start of the tournament, the Invictus Games creator surprised a 101-year-old World War Two veteran with a personal visit after he publicly thanked the royal for all he had done for service personnel.

Sgt James Norman Baker appeared live on a television screen during a wheelchair rugby match at the Invictus Games tonight to pay tribute to Harry for setting up the competition.

The prince, who himself served for a decade in the army including two tours of Afghanistan, was so moved that he ran up the stairs of the arena to find Sgt Baker, who was in a wheelchair, and greet him.

Sinking to his knees, he held the old man’s hand and listened to him as he repeated his gratitude.

Sgt Baker said afterwards: ‘I wanted to show the athletes my support and enjoy the games. See their spirit.

‘They show amazing strength of character as well as body. I think they do a wonderful job.

‘It’s important because without this, a lot of them would not be where they are today.

‘It’s Prince Harry’s efforts that have encouraged them to find the competitive spirit, self-confidence and join in: make them feel as if they have a place in the world when they could have lost hope.’

Saying his own generation had ‘just had to do the best we could’ to recover from war on their own, he added: ‘Some of them didn’t have anything to live for.

‘Harry’s given them [this generation] that spirit.’

Asked about his conversation with the Prince, he said modestly: ‘He thanked me.’

As he told Harry his own story, the Prince exclaimed: ‘Wow, that’s amazing. Fantastic.’ He then checked that Sgt Baker had a VIP seat for the rest of the wheelchair rugby game.

Harry founded the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event for injured servicemen and women, which is being held in Toronto this year year, in 2014.

The idea behind it is to help facilitate their recovery both physically and mentally, but the. Games have also become renowned for their top class competition.

Sgt Baker, from Toronto, served with the Royal Regiment of Canada for four years. He was originally a company clerk for the regiment and not expected to fight, but saw action shortly after D-Day.

Mr Baker landed at Juno Beach six weeks after D-Day and was then part of the Allied Forces who moved through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. In 2012, he met with the Prince of Wales when Charles presented new colours to the Royal Regiment at Varsity City, Toronto.

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