Meghan Markle Kisses Prince Harry and Pays Tribute to Princess Diana During Invictus Games Opening Ceremony

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived at the Opening Ceremony for the 2022 Invictus Games, and the couple didn't shy away from showing their affection.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held hands as they walked down the yellow carpet Saturday at Zuiderpark in The Hague, Netherlands. The royal couple also gazed into each other's eyes after Meghan handed Harry the mic before sharing a sweet kiss on stage.

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Meghan looked stunning in a white Khaite bodysuit, which she paired with black trousers. Fans quickly noticed that she appeared to be paying tribute to the late Princess Diana, who wore a strikingly similar top before her last portrait sitting before her death in 1997. The pictures were taken my famed photographer Mario Testino and originally ran in the July 1997 issue of Vanity Fair with the headline "Diana Reborn." Meghan also sported a Cartier watch at the Invictus Games just like her late mother-in-law wore.

A photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales by Mario Testino and a portrait of Queen Victoria are seen in Kensington Palace on March 20, 2012 in London, England.
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ET spoke to royal expert Katie Nicholl, who said the fashion choices were "deliberate."

"Note, Harry said when he was 18 he was going to continue the work that his mother started but never got to finish --that's why he's so proud of the Invictus Games, because he now has a philanthropic legacy, just like his mother," she said. "I suppose from Megan, she's there to support him, we've heard from her how proud she is of Harry and everything that he's achieved. We've seen Megan wear the gold Cartier watch, which was inherited by Harry, it was given to Diana when she was 21. We've seen her wear gold butterfly earrings that belongs to Diana, of course, you've got those incredible aquamarine rings. ... I think also we see Meghan often pay tribute to Diana in subtle ways and in terms of pinstripe suits, a white shift dress, and in a very classic Meghan, but possibly also a nod to the mother-in-law that she never got to meet."

Meanwhile, Harry presented a gold medal to Team France after it came away victorious at the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge that took place earlier in the day. The silver medal was awarded to Team Romania and Team Georgia brought home the bronze medal. The driving challenge pitted 500 competitors from 20 countries in a specially designed course. The competitors tested their skill and precision as they navigated a course that featured bridge structures, ramps and rocks. 

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Harry and Meghan were on hand to watch the driving challenge. Harry himself hopped into an SUV and helped one of the competitors. Afterward, Harry and Meghan ditched the big boy SUVs for mini Land Rovers driven around by a couple of 5- and 4-year-olds.

Meghan and Harry arrived in The Hague on Thursday and attended a welcome reception, where they met with the teams taking part in this year's competition. The couple also had an evening reception with local dignitaries.

The Invictus Games runs until April 22.

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