Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had the Best Surprise for Their Devoted Fan on Her 99th Birthday
Before Meghan and Harry's recent tour, Daphne Dunne met the prince twice — first in 2015, when she planted a kiss on his cheek, and again in 2017
Daphne Dunne always makes sure to greet Harry when he visits Australia – and during the royal couple’s tour this past October, the prince got to introduce Dunne to his new wife outside of the Sydney Opera House.
Dunne turned 99 on Friday – and received a surprise message from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to mark the occasion.
Australia’s Today Show broke the exciting news to Dunne, who didn’t expect to hear from the royal. “He wouldn’t even think of it,” she said.
However, a friend sent Harry an email to let him know that Dunne’s 99th birthday was approaching – and the royal replied overnight with a personal message to his devoted fan.
On a letter topped with Harry and Meghan’s joint monogram, the message read: “Dear Daphne, My wife and I send our warmest wishes to you on the occasion of your 99th birthday on Friday. We hope you have a wonderful celebration surrounded by family and friends and that you’ve managed to escape hospital. Congratulations on reaching this important and impressive milestone before your centenary year next year. Happy birthday, Daphne.”
The note was signed, “Best wishes, Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
Dunne, a war widow who always wears her late husband’s military medals when she sees Harry, met the royal dad-to-be twice before his latest visit to Sydney. They first crossed paths in 2015, when Dunne memorably planted a kiss on Harry’s cheek!
She braved the rain to greet Harry again in 2017, when he visited Australia to promote the Invictus Games taking place there the following year.
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During their most recent meet-up, the couple chatted with Dunne as she caressed Harry’s face and held Meghan’s hand.
“Congratulations, I think that’s marvelous,” Dunne told Meghan of the couple’s baby news, which had been announced earlier that day. “It’s just what Harry needs.”
“It’s fantastic,” Meghan added. “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 said before giving the couple some cards and flowers.
“Enjoy the rest of the day,” Meghan said. “Hopefully next time we see you, we’ll have a little one with us!”