- Prince Harry had a cute reunion with 98-year-old royal superfan Daphne Dunne on Tuesday. It was the third time the pair have met.
- Harry introduced Dunne to his wife, Meghan Markle, who was aware of the pair’s history and said photos of their previous meetings were “very sweet.”
- Markle and Harry are in Australia for their first official royal tour, and will also visit Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.
Prince Harry reunited with a 98-year-old royal superfan, Daphne Dunne, on Tuesday, the third time Dunne made sure to be at the front of the queue to see the prince in Australia.
Harry caught up with Dunne, a war widow, who had also greeted him at his visits in 2015 and 2017.
The two shared a hug outside the Sydney Opera House, and Harry introduced Dunne to Meghan Markle.
“I’m so happy to finally meet you. I’ve heard so much about you,” Markle said.
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 16, 2018
Harry complimented Dunne’s shoes and hair, and Markle said she had seen “very sweet” photos of Harry and Dunne’s previous meetings.
They also discussed Markle’s pregnancy, which Dunne said was “marvellous” news.
“Hopefully next time we see you we’ll have a little one with us,” Markle said.
You can watch the moment here:
Royal Tour: Harry introduces 98-year-old Daphne Dunne to his wife Meghan. "Oh my goodness, is this Daphne?" asked Meghan. Previously, Daphne met other members of the Royal family, including Prince Charles, in Canberra more than 30 years ago. #RoyalTour #7News pic.twitter.com/CkjDWIn67o
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) October 16, 2018
Dunne told the Today Show that her love of Harry was born from his work with war veterans. Her husband, Lt. Albert Chowne, died in 1945 at the age of 25 and was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross medal for bravery.
Dunne wore the medal on her chest during their first meeting.
Harry first met Dunne outside the Sydney Opera House in 2015 after a monthlong deployment with the Australian Army.
The pair laughed and posed for photos, and Dunne gave him a kiss on the cheek.
The pair met again in 2017 when Harry visited Australia to launch the Invictus Games, a sports event for injured service members started by Prince Harry.
Harry seemed delighted to see Dunne, then 97, in the crowd, and they both seemed unbothered by the pouring rain.
Harry and Markle are in Australia for their first official royal tour, for which they will also visit Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand.
They are following in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who went on their first royal tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1983.
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