Prince Harry had a sweet reunion in Sydney on Wednesday when he reconnected with a war widow he first met in 2015.
Daphne Dunne, 97, waited in the rain to see the prince as he arrived at Sydney Harbour by boat. And when he spotted her in her wheelchair, Harry excitedly embraced Dunne, whose late husband fought in WWII, like old friends.
Dunne also served as a corporal in the Australian Women’s Army Service.
Harry first met Dunne after ending his month-long attachment with the Australian Defense Force in May 2015. And she memorably gave him a kiss on the cheek.
The royal is in Australia to kick off the official countdown to his Paralympic-style Invictus Games, which will be held in Sydney next year.
Speaking alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Governor General Peter Cosgrove, Harry said his “heart” went out to the victims of the recent terror attacks in Britain.
“Can I start by also sending my thoughts to those affected by Saturday’s attack in London Bridge,” he said in a speech at the Governor-General’s residence.
“Australians form an important and vibrant part of the fabric of life in London and we are reminded of that in good times and bad. Our hearts go out to the victims, their friends and families.”
Two Australians are known to have died in the attacks in London.
The 2017 Invictus Games, which sees both serving and veteran wounded armed forces members compete in a series of sports, are being held in Toronto, Canada, in September.
And Harry said the “spirit” of the games extends beyond those competitions — some Invictus competitors have offered support to those badly injured in the tragedy at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that claimed the lives of 22 and injured dozens more.
“In these challenging times, we can all benefit from positive and inspiring stories from which to draw strength,” Harry said.
“The Invictus Games shows us that it is possible to overcome adversity, and that the impossible is possible, if you have the will.
“This spirit, championed by the games, extends far beyond the competition; when a bomb left a number of people with life-changing injuries in Manchester last month, wounded veterans, including Invictus team members, immediately offered themselves up to provide advice and support to the victims through their recovery process.”
He followed the speech by undertaking a series of events to showcase next year’s games. He went for a ride in a boat in Sydney’s famous – and rainy – harbor to help promote the fact that sailing will be included in the games next year.
The Invictus Games began in London in 2014, and the second games, held in Orlando, Florida, were a huge success.
On Monday, Harry paused for a moment of silence to remember the victims of London at the beginning of his charity polo match in Singapore.