War widow Daphne Dunne, 98, meets Prince Harry for third time

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

She’s arguably Australia’s biggest fan of Prince Harry, and 98-year-old war widow Daphne Dunne had the pleasure of meeting the royal for the third time on Tuesday during his visit to Sydney.

The Duke of Sussex spent a considerable amount of time speaking with Daphne during his royal walkabout at the Opera House, and even introduced her to his wife Meghan Markle.

Lined up next to hundreds of fans, Daphne caught the attention of Prince Harry who instantly recognised her.

Daphne Dunne had the pleasure of meeting Prince Harry for the third time on Tuesday during his visit to Sydney, and also Meghan Markle. Source: Getty

“Have you dyed your hair a shade of pink?” Prince Harry asked Daphne, to which she responded, “I did it at home”.

“Kiss me before you go,” she then added before the royal had to leave to continue his walkabout.

Meghan was just as touched to finally meet Daphne, and told her: “Hopefully next time we’re with you we’ll have our little one with us”.

The royal couple spent a considerable amount of time wit Daphne. Photo: Getty

Earlier in the morning, Daphne gushed about Prince Harry as she anticipated meeting him again.

“He’s a natural,” she told Today presenter Sylvia Jeffreys. “He just loves what he’s doing.

“I’m very happy for him. I’m glad he’s got a wife now, and soon have a b-b-bubba. I was stuttering there purposely,” she added.

In June last year, Daphne met Prince Harry for the second time, as she waited outside Admiralty House – the official Sydney residence of the Governor General – with an esky of beer ready to meet the Prince after he officially launched the countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games.

Prince Harry recognised her right away. Photo: Channel Seven

Meanwhile when 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.

Prince Harry introduced Daphne to Meghan Markle. Source: Channel Seven

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