THERE were loads of ladies out to win Prince Harry’s heart today but it was 97-year-old Daphne Dunne who captured it.
The war widow, who famously stole a kiss from Harry when he visited in 2015, was camped outside Admiralty House from the early hours of this morning.
Braving the cold and the rain, and armed only with a brolly and an Esky of beer, Mrs Dunne missed her chance to meet the Prince.
So she moved to wait with the crowds in Circular Quay.
And she was rewarded when Prince Harry spotted Mrs Dunne in her wheelchair in the pouring rain.
“Oh, it’s you,” he said, and in a show of affection, leaned in and hugged Mrs Dunne.
Mrs Dunne told Sunrise earlier today she loved Harry for his work with veterans.
“He does a lot for everyone but he seems to dote on soldiers that have been wounded, and they’ve had some part of them amputated, that’s the reason, it doesn’t matter about me, he helps make them feel a bit better.”
Her husband received the VC posthumously for his bravery in the 1945 New Guinea campaign in WWII.
It was that medal that originally caught Prince Harry’s eye back in Sydney in May 2015.
The Prince, a veteran of two Afghanistan deployments, had stopped for several minutes to chat about the VC, as well as Ms Dunne’s own WWII service as a corporal in the Australian Women’s Army Service.
“He asked me about the Victoria Cross — he said he recognised that and wanted to know all about it,” Ms Dunne, of Turramurra, told The Daily Telegraph back in 2015.
She told him how her first husband Lieutenant Albert Chowne died aged 25 in 1945 — just a year after they married — in a heroic attack on a Japanese machinegun post in Papua New Guinea.
The red roses that Lt Chowne had arranged to be sent to his young bride on her birthday arrived just before the news he had been killed.
She wed her second husband, Corporal John Dunne, who was captured in Malaya in 1942 and ended up in Changi a decade later.