#SPOTTED: PRINCE HARRY IN TORONTO AT CN TOWER FOR INVICTUS GAMES RECEPTION
Prince Harry continues to make the rounds in support of his Invictus Games and attended a Reception with several athletes at famed landmark the CN Tower tonight. The Royal last visited the venue as a child in 1991. Fans lined barricades set-up from Bremner Boulevard to the Tower’s entrance hoping for a glimpse of him.
Arriving shortly before 7:30 PM EST after a busy day of golf St. George’s Golf Club and watching Cycling at High Park, Prince Harry took his time shaking hands with Torontonians and reminding to support the Games. While selective whom he took photos with, insisting that others take the photo versus a Selfie, Harry was more than kind to engage despite being in a rush to head off to his next appearance at Mattamy Athletic Centre. Unfortunately, no sign of potential Princess Meghan Markle tonight.
Despite rushed, we got in a quick hello with the Prince as he walked the line!
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Harry is scheduled in the City the remainder of the Games which conclude this Saturday in a Closing Ceremony at Air Canada Centre.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: PRINCE HARRY + MEGHAN MARKLE MAKE THEIR PUBLIC DEBUT AT 2017 INVICTUS GAMES IN TORONTO
This romance is so lit! As the temperatures continue to scorch Toronto in an abnormal late September heatwave, Prince Harry and Actress Meghan Markle also are igniting some serious flames of their own. With the Invictus Games well under way in the City, Prince Harry as enthusiastic as ever is doing his rounds raising awareness for the Games saluting sick and wounded war personnel. Today however was extra special. That is, while Markle and Harry have been dating for over a year now, today at Nathan Phillips Square the couple for the first time ever walked hand in hand and appeared together publicly!
About 10 minutes prior to a scheduled Wheelchair Tennis match, the Couple walked over with a few handlers entering quietly from a bridge connected to Sheraton Hotel, across the road from the landmark. The appearance was low-key as they sat by the City’s famed namesake sign watching the match all smiles. Equally quiet was their exit post-match walking a couple flights of stairs back over to the Hotel as onlookers raised their cell phones for a memento.
Harry is to remain in Toronto for the remainder of the Invictus Games.
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And of course, a Selfie! Are you kidding me??!🔥
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: PRINCE HARRY IN TORONTO FOR THE 2017 INVICTUS GAMES
Taking place throughout the Greater Toronto Area between September 23-30, the Invictus Games are set to take over Toronto. Created by Prince Harry of Wales, the games have sick or injured war personnel competing in various sports like swimming, wheelchair basketball or sitting volleyball. Harry made various stops around today including a Symposium at Scotia Plaza and an appearance to visit athletes in training at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
Harry was in great spirits chatting with Australian swimmers who gifted him with a stuffed kangaroo, posing for a pic with it. One swimmer taking a nap got a pleasant awakening with Harry tapping him awake for a hug!
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Many are saying the Games will be the first official public appearance for Harry and girlfriend Meghan Markle.
More on the 2017 Invictus Games here.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: WILL ARNETT, JIM GAFFIGAN + KEVIN NEALON AT “LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE III” GALA
The third Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala, presented by BMO, was held last night at the Canadian National Exhibition‘s Automotive Building, the previous bash held September 2014. Sure to be a star-studded affair with blockbuster names like Jerry Seinfeld (2012) and Chris Rock (2014) having graced the stage in previous years, comedic icons Jim Gaffigan and Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live) headlined this edition of the black-tie affair.
Over 1,200 guests, who dined on culinary delights by restaurant mogul Susur Lee, filled the venue with proceeds of the Gala supporting the Michael Garron Hospital, known formerly as the Toronto East General Hospital. The Hospital received an historic gift of $50 million by Berna and Myron Garron in honour of their late son Michael.
In addition to the headliners in attendance, the likes of Ben & Jessica Mulroney, Sylvia & Robert Mantella, Connie & Bill Stavro, Gala Co-Chair and Invictus Games CEO Michael Burns, plus Mayor John Tory graced the red carpet.
Will Arnett hails from Toronto and still is at the top of his game with a leading role in this year’s Box Office smash The Lego Batman Movie and was named the Hospital’s first ever Honourary Doctor. Once again he filled hosting duties as Master of Ceremonies at the Gala. His father Jim, who also attended on a timely note with his mother Alix this Mother’s Day weekend, served on the Board for the Toronto East General Hospital between 2002 to 2009, serving as Chairman between 2006 to 2008.
Our Justin Waldman had the pleasure of chatting with Arnett on the Carpet and tells us about how he came to be involved with the affair. “Five years ago, they asked me to be a part of it. My dad worked with them so I was familiar with the hospital and they do such great things.”. “It started kinda small and has managed to expand over the years into the Michael Garron Hospital.”. “I’m really excited to be a part of this.”.
Among the super-rare items and experiences up for auction were a chance to have an intimate dinner with Arnett himself, the lucky bidders topping all with a $25k winning bid. Trips to anywhere on the Air Canada network with luxurious accommodations in the south of France also were up for grabs, a top bid rising eventually to $30k.
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Check out highlights from previous editions of the Gala:
Laughter is the Best Medicine I
Laughter is the Best Medicine II
More on the #MGHLaughter Gala here.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong/Siobhán Rich/Justin Waldman)