Prince Harry’s biggest Aussie fan dies aged 99

The elderly Sydney woman, who captured the heart of Prince Harry during his most recent visits to Australia, has died at the age of 99.

Daphne Dunne had been battling pneumonia in a Sydney hospital for the last two months, with her family announcing she passed away on Monday.

Daphne got her first chance to meet Harry in Sydney in 2015, even managing to steal a kiss.


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The war widow was waiting again in 2017 when Harry returned to Sydney, with the Prince immediately recognising his biggest fan.

Harry return to Sydney for the Invictus Games last year, introducing Daphne to his new wife Meghan.

“I’ve heard so much about you, I’ve been looking forward to meeting you,” the Duchess said at the time.

Daphne’s family confirmed the news of her death on her personal Instagram account, describing her as a “truly special lady who will be greatly missed.”

“The simple act of stopping Daphne in the street and holding her hand meant more to Daphne than anyone could ever imagine.

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It is with the saddest of hearts that I would like to share the news that our most beloved mum and nanna, Daphne Dunne, passed away peacefully yesterday morning. She was a truly special lady who will be greatly missed by so many. The simple act of stoping Daphne in the street and holding her hand meant more to Daphne than anyone could ever imagine. We, her family, would like to thank everyone for the love and support they showed Daphne. She spent a large part of her life representing the women of the Australian Army and her two husbands Lt. Albert Crowne VC MM and John Patrick Dunne, ensuring that their service to Australia 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. We love you mum/nanna/Daphne, always and forever.

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“She spent a large part of her life representing the women of the Australian Army and her two husbands Lt. Albert Crowne VC MM and John Patrick Dunne, ensuring that their service to Australia was never forgotten.

“We, her family, would like to thank everyone for the love and support they showed Daphne.”

Daphne’s death came just days after receiving a letter from Harry and Meghan, congratulating her on turning 99.

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