On day one of Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first international tour together, the couple made an appearance at the Sydney Opera House with a 2000-strong crowd there to greet them.
But there was one particular person in the crowd who was eagerly awaiting to meet Prince Harry for the third time – war widow, Daphne Dunne.
The 98-year-old – who has been dubbed Harry’s “favourite Aussie” – also met his new wife, Meghan Markle, for the first time.
Daphne clearly made an impression on the former Suits actress, as a pregnant Meghan promised to bring their unborn baby back to Australia to meet her.
“I’m so glad I got to meet you,” Meghan told Daphne. “Harry has told me all about you and your special bond, it’s so lovely you came to see us, thank you.
“Hopefully next time we’ll have our little one with us,” the mother-to-be added.
Daphne first met Harry in May 2015, it was again by the Sydney Opera House and he pointed out the Victoria Cross she was wearing.
It belonged to her first husband Albert Chowne, awarded to him posthumously after he died in Papua New Guinea in 1945 during the Second World War.
At the time, Harry had just completed his month-long attachment with the Australian Defence Force.
Just hours after Harry and Meghan arrived in Sydney last night, Kensington Palace announced the couple were expecting their first child together.
Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace said in statement on Twitter.
“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
Earlier today whilst making a speech at Sydney’s Admiralty House, Harry publicly gushed about his wife’s pregnancy for the first time.
yours,” Harry said in a speech at Admiralty House this afternoon.
“We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl,” he added later on in his speech.
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