THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex have met with thousands of adoring fans outside the Sydney Opera House this afternoon.

But no one has stolen Prince Harry's heart more than Daphne Dunne - the 98-year-old war widow who famously stole a kiss from Harry when he visited in 2015.

After camping out for him all morning at the Opera House, Daphne and Harry have today shared another special moment in the crowd.

The pair exchanged words and Harry received a purple envelope from the widow.

She also met Meghan Markle for the first time, with all the cameras on the pair as they shared a touching moment within the crowd about their baby announcement.

"Congratulations, I think that's marvellous," said Daphne to Meghan. "It's just what Harry needs."

"I've seen your shoes, they're very cool," chimed in Harry. "Have you dyed your hair a shade of pink?"

 

“Congratulations, I think that’s marvellous,” said Daphne Dunne to the Duchess of Sussex referring to her pregnancy. “It’s just what Harry needs.”
“Congratulations, I think that’s marvellous,” said Daphne Dunne to the Duchess of Sussex referring to her pregnancy. “It’s just what Harry needs.”

"It's fantastic," added Meghan. "I'm so happy to finally meet you. I've heard so much about you. All good things."

"I think it's wonderful, the two of you," Daphne replied.

She kissed both the Duke and Duchess and gave them cards and flowers as gifts.

"Oh what's this? This is fantastic," Meghan said. "Enjoy the rest of the day. Hopefully next time we see you we'll have a little one with us."

Speaking to news.com.au earlier today, Daphne said she thought Prince Harry would make a "marvellous dad".

"It's exciting now because his wife is going to have a baby," she said. "It's a very exciting time for them … just marvellous.

"It's what he's always wanted. He will be a marvellous dad. He won't let anything stand in his way and he will be so gentle and loving. This should be an Australian baby."

Asked for her thoughts on what Meghan would be like as a mum, Daphne said: "Meghan will be out of this world. They are beautiful together. They show their affection … it's lovely. Their affection just comes out, so instead of the rain pouring out it's their affection."

 

Daphne Dunne has met (and kissed) Prince Harry twice. Picture: James Croucher
Daphne Dunne has met (and kissed) Prince Harry twice. Picture: James Croucher

Daphne is a mother-of-one, with two grandchildren. Reflecting on her own experience as a parent, she said: "The hardest bit will be finding their way. They will be frightened too … you don't know if you're doing the right or wrong thing.

"He's a wonderful friend … that's how I feel about him. He's my favourite royal and so good-looking too.

"I'm sorry he's taken!"

Asked what the pair spoke about during their 2015 encounter, she said Harry was drawn to her late husband's Victoria Cross, which she was wearing.

Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015.
Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015.

"We were chatting for a little while and they kept saying to him, 'We've got to go, we've got to go', and he didn't worry about that. He just continued on with what he was doing, which was talking to me, and then when he started to go he gave me a kiss on the cheek," she told the Today show this morning.

"And then he came back later and gave me another one because I was lopsided, and had to have another kiss to put me right."

Asked if she had any gifts for them, Daphne said: "Flowers and that they will be very, very happy. I think that's more important than any gift - to wish them happiness."

Bless.

Prince Harry didn’t let the rain stop having a second smooch with Daphne Dunne when he met her again in 2017. Picture: Toby Zerna
Prince Harry didn’t let the rain stop having a second smooch with Daphne Dunne when he met her again in 2017. Picture: Toby Zerna

A lot of people are handing gifts over to the pair, including roses and Australian chocolates, and congratulating them on the baby announcement.

The pair will go from the Opera House back to Admiralty House in Kirribilli later this afternoon, where they will join in a reception hosted by the Governor-General.

The Duchess has added a trench coat to the cream Karen Gee dress she began the day in, hiding any sign of her barely-there bump.

Daphne Dunne on her wedding day with first husband, Albert Chowne, in 1944. Picture: Tim Hunter
Daphne Dunne on her wedding day with first husband, Albert Chowne, in 1944. Picture: Tim Hunter

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