Prince Harry brings Meghan Markle to Pippa Middleton's wedding reception

Privacy-hungry Prince Harry was nearly able to bring his American girlfriend to Pippa Middleton's private wedding reception without being photographed. Nearly.

Actress didn't attend church ceremony but was spotted in car with royal at wedding reception

Prince Harry was photographed bringing girlfriend Meghan Markle to the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. (Chris Jackson/Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Privacy-hungry Prince Harry was nearly able to bring his American girlfriend to Pippa Middleton's private wedding reception without being photographed. Nearly.

Actress Meghan Markle did not attend the church ceremony Saturday in rural England, at which Middleton married financier James Matthews, but she did attend the evening reception.

She and Harry were photographed driving up to Middleton's parents' estate for the lavish soiree, which was off-limits to the press. One photo, published Sunday on the front page of The Sun newspaper, showed Harry at the wheel of an Audi with Markle by his side.

Harry, 32, has been dating Markle since last year. He confirmed the relationship in November when he complained about intrusive press coverage.

Markle, 35, plays ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane on the hit U.S. television drama Suits.