Prince Harry fan Daphne Dunne dies, her family said in an Instagram post.
Daphne Dunne, who is arguably Prince Harry’s biggest fan, has died at the age of 99, just days after she received a birthday card from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The Australian war widow passed away peacefully on Monday, her family said in an Instagram post.
“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,” the message read.
“She was a truly special lady who will be greatly missed by so many. The simple act of stopping Daphne in the street and holding her hand meant more to Daphne than anyone could ever imagine.”
It was revealed just days ago that Dunne had received a special note from Harry and Meghan, who sent “their warmest wishes” on her 99th birthday.
Harry first met his adorable admirer while he was visiting Australia in 2015. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the royal noticed that Dunne was wearing a replica Victoria Cross that had been awarded posthumously to her husband – and they quickly started talking. Dunne even gave the prince a kiss on the cheek during the meeting.
They met again in 2017, when Harry “appeared to immediately recognise Dunne and embraced her” after she waited in the rain to meet the prince during his walkabout in Syndey, ABC News reports.
Dunne was most recently reunited with favourite royal in October last year, when Harry introduced Meghan to his superfan outside the Sydney Opera House. In video footage captured by local news, Harry can be heard saying: “Hello again! How are you?,” before greeting Dunne with a hug.
Dunne congratulated the duchess on her pregnancy, adding that their baby news was “marvellous” and “just what Harry needs.” As the couple said their goodbyes, Meghan told her new friend: “Hopefully the next time we see you we’ll have our little one with us!”