Her wish came true: War widow, 97, who waited seven hours in the pouring rain to meet Prince Harry is reunited with him after they struck up a friendship on his 2015 visit
Daphne Dunne was first in line to meet Prince Harry in Sydney on Wednesday
She waited at least seven hours in the pouring rain at Campbell Cove Jetty
The war widow first met Prince Harry in 2015 during his visit to Sydney
‘He gave me a hug and a kiss and said it was great to see me,’ Ms Dunne said
She offered him a beer, but he said he didn’t have time and was soaking wet
Rain dampened the start of his visit to launch 2018 Invictus Games countdown
A war widow was first in line to meet Prince Harry during his flying visit to Sydney – and grabbed another kiss from the royal after waiting at least seven hours in the rain.
Daphne Dunne, 97, waited with an ice box of beers to meet the prince at Campbell Cove Jetty on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite the torrential downpour, she told Daily Mail Australia: ‘He’s worth waiting for – even in the pouring rain!’
And it’s not the first time Ms Dunne has met the 32-year-old.
During their first encounter by the Opera House in May 2015, she nabbed a kiss on the cheek after he noticed the Victoria Cross she wore.
‘This time, I got a kiss on the opposite side, so it wouldn’t be lopsided,’ she said.
‘He was lovely. He gave me a hug and a kiss and said it was great to see me.
‘He was so pleased to see me and he worked out in his own mind that it’s just gone two years [since we last met].
‘He asked if I ever take my medals off and I said, ‘Yes, to go to bed.”
Asked if she offered him a beer from the ice box she had by her side, she said: ‘No, he didn’t have time and he was soaking wet.’
Pouring rain dampened the start of Harry’s visit to Sydney to launch the countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games.
But Ms Dunne remained in high spirits all day, saying she had a special place in her heart for Harry due to his passion for veterans affairs.
‘I think he does a lot for everyone, but he seems to dote on soldiers who have been injured,’ she said.
During their first encounter by the Opera House in May 2015, she said he had been quick to notice the Victoria Cross she wore.
‘He got close to me and he said, ‘I know what that is,’ she said at the time. And I said, ‘Well, you should’.’
She had been wearing her first husband Albert Chowne’s Victoria Cross, which was awarded to him posthumously after he died in Papua New Guinea in 1945 during the Second World War.
They met as Harry ended his month-long attachment with the Australian Defence Force.
This time, he flew in to officially launch the countdown to the games before heading out onto the harbour to watch a sailing demonstration.
Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE
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