Goodbye Daphne: The Aussie Woman Who Stole Prince Harry's Heart Has Died
Daphne Dunne, the beloved Australia woman who was affectionately known as Prince Harry's biggest fan has sadly died, aged 99.
Daphne stole the heart of the young Royal during more than one of his visits to Australia, most recently meeting Harry and his new wife Meghan on their October 2018 tour in Sydney.
Just last week, Daphne received a birthday card from the Royals as she celebrated her 99th birthday.
"We hope you have a wonderful celebration surrounded by family and friends and that you've managed to escape hospital," the Duke and Duchess said in their message.
"Congratulations on reaching this important and impressive milestone before your centenary year next year."
Daphne's family confirmed the sad news of her death via Instagram and said she passed away peacefully on Monday morning.
"The simple act of stopping Daphne in the street and holding her hand meant more to Daphne than anyone could ever imagine," the post said.
"We, her family, would like to thank everyone for the love and support they showed Daphne".
Daphne's meetings with Harry made headlines around the world and she was affectionately known and self-described as Harry's Aussie girlfriend.
When Prince Harry last visited Sydney, he spent several minutes chatting with the war widow before bringing Meghan over to meet her.
"I've been so excited to meet you," a clearly overjoyed Meghan told Daphne at the time.
"I'm so excited to meet you too," Daphne replied before telling the Duchess that news they were expecting a baby is "just what Harry needs".
Daphne first stole a kiss from Prince Harry when he visited Australia in 2015.
Just two years later while on a two-day visit for the Sydney Invictus Games Launch Event Harry again spotted Daphne in her wheelchair as rain bucketed down on crowds gathered at Circular Quay.
In October Daphne also stole the spotlight at the opening of lifts at the Sydney Harbour Bridge lifts. She helped cut the ribbon before becoming the first to ride the lift up to the walkway.
Daphne was one of the first people to walk across the bridge on the day it opened in 1932 and was invited to the historic opening after her daughter wrote to the transport minister's office.
“She’s the star of the moment. Lovely to meet you,” said NSW transport minister Melinda Pavey as she helped Daphne from her car.
Daphne recalled to reporters what she remembered from her first walk across the bridge in 1932. Her school group had been invited to take part in the opening day celebrations.
“I remember it was very exciting," Daphne said.
"And then a man rode up on his horse and he opened it."
Daphne's family said the war widow spent much of her life representing the women of the Australian Army and her two husbands to ensure their service was never forgotten.
"It is fitting that Daphne passed away on the first of April as it is a month of renewal, remembrance and reunification with her loved ones that passed before her."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison shared a photo with Daphne on Tuesday saying he was saddened to hear of the "well-known" Prince Harry fan's death.
"I met Daphne last year and she was simply delightful," Morrison said.
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