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Meghan Markle channels inner rock chick at Invictus Games

  • Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, attended the Invictus Games last night
  • The American actress looked radiant in a burgundy leather jacket and dress
  • The look is world's apart from the ensembles Kate wore for her first appearances
  • The Duchess of Cambridge favoured demure dresses and sophisticated hats

By Stephanie Linning for MailOnline

Published: 05:11 EDT, 24 September 2017 | Updated: 08:46 EDT, 24 September 2017

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With her leather jacket slung over her shoulders, Meghan Markle looked effortlessly cool as she joined Prince Harry at a royal engagement for the first time last night. 

The American actress, 36, paired the studded burgundy piece with a plunging V-neck dress as she joined her royal beau, 33, for the opening ceremony of the third Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.

While Miss Markle was not seated alongside Harry, the event still marks a significant milestone in their relationship and will no doubt intensify speculation that an engagement announcement is imminent.

Miss Markle's edgy yet elegant look, which was finished with smoky eye make-up and loose, wavy hair, is world's apart from the demure ensembles the Duchess of Cambridge sported for her early public engagements with Prince William.

Laid back: Meghan Markle wore a burgundy leather jacket and matching dress as she attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday night, her first royal engagement with boyfriend Prince Harry
Laid back: Meghan Markle wore a burgundy leather jacket and matching dress as she attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday night, her first royal engagement with boyfriend Prince Harry

Laid back: Meghan Markle wore a burgundy leather jacket and matching dress as she attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday night, her first royal engagement with boyfriend Prince Harry

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Meghan Markle attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games alongside her royal beau, Prince Harry.

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Early days: In contrast, Kate Middleton favoured demure looks for her first few outings with then boyfriend Prince William. Pictured, Kate wears an off-white coat, black tights and black heeled pumps as she attends William's graduation ceremony from RAF Cranwell in 2008
Early days: In contrast, Kate Middleton favoured demure looks for her first few outings with then boyfriend Prince William. Pictured, Kate wears an off-white coat, black tights and black heeled pumps as she attends William's graduation ceremony from RAF Cranwell in 2008

Early days: In contrast, Kate Middleton favoured demure looks for her first few outings with then boyfriend Prince William. Pictured, Kate wears an off-white coat, black tights and black heeled pumps as she attends William's graduation ceremony from RAF Cranwell in 2008

William and Kate met as students at St Andrews University and dated for seven years before announcing their engagement in 2010. 

In the years leading up to the announcement, Kate joined William at a handful of events and on each occasion showcased her modest taste in clothes. 

In June 2008, for example, Kate, then 26, looked chic in a black polka dot peplum jacket and a matching knee-length skirt as she attended the Garter Day Service, when her then boyfriend William was invested into the Order of the Garter. 

Kate looked every inch the royal insider as she chatted with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall at the event. 

Meghan finished her look last night with smoky eye make-up and left her hair in loose waves
Meghan finished her look last night with smoky eye make-up and left her hair in loose waves

Meghan finished her look last night with smoky eye make-up and left her hair in loose waves

Her appearance at the service, with its historic pomp and pageantry, was the first time she has ever accompanied the prince to an official Royal event.

In April that year she and William posed for photographers together at RAF Cranwell, when the prince was awarded his RAF wings. 

On that occasion Kate wore an off-white coat, black tights and black heeled pumps 

Also in June 2008 the second-in-line-to-the-throne allowed himself to be seen with his then girlfriend at a charity ball. 

Kate Middleton wore a polka dot blazer and matching knee length skirt when she attended the Garter Day Service in June 2008 alongside Prince Harry, left, and the Duchess of Cornwall
Kate Middleton wore a polka dot blazer and matching knee length skirt when she attended the Garter Day Service in June 2008 alongside Prince Harry, left, and the Duchess of Cornwall

Kate Middleton wore a polka dot blazer and matching knee length skirt when she attended the Garter Day Service in June 2008 alongside Prince Harry, left, and the Duchess of Cornwall

In 2011, shortly after announcing their engagement, Kate and William made their first joint appearance at a royal engagement. For the occasion, Kate wore cut-down herringbone overcoat, brown tights and matching suede boots
In 2011, shortly after announcing their engagement, Kate and William made their first joint appearance at a royal engagement. For the occasion, Kate wore cut-down herringbone overcoat, brown tights and matching suede boots

In 2011, shortly after announcing their engagement, Kate and William made their first joint appearance at a royal engagement. For the occasion, Kate wore cut-down herringbone overcoat, brown tights and matching suede boots

However it was not until February 2011, after their engagement was announced and two months before the royal wedding, that Kate and William marked their first official public engagement together.

While the dress code for those early engagements were more formal than what was required of Miss Markle last night, the Duchess of Cambridge has never made a public appearance in a leather jacket and still tends to favour gentler fabrics and feminine cuts.

Unless attending an evening event, the Duchess, who is expecting her third child with William, also keeps her make-up to a minimum, contrasting with Miss Markle's more made-up look for last night. 

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