Governor General of Canada David Johnston said Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship is strengthening Canada-U.K. relations.
Johnston spoke to the significance of the actress’ relationship with the British royal in an interview with ITV. “I think it would be quite marvellous and I hope it would be quite marvellous for him and obviously it will help to bring us together,” Johnston said of a potential marriage.
“But, you know, that reflects so many of the people-to-people ties that are so strong,” the Governor General continued. “I think about 20% of our citizens would claim British heritage so those ties are very strong.”
Markle, 36, was born in Los Angeles but has adopted Canada as a second home. The “Suits” star became a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada in 2016.
The Governor General also mentioned how he “didn’t know” Markle was sitting near him at the opening ceremonies for the Invictus Games in Toronto. “[Harry] was alone but you say, I gather, there was a young lady in the audience who was watching him with great interest,” he explained.
The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style event created by Harry. The opening ceremony for this year’s games kicked off on Saturday and the closing ceremony takes place on Sept. 30.