The British Royal Family is used to being greeted by throngs of countless fans and loyal subjects. Whether they're in the area for a special event or in town for a visit, people line up for hours just to catch a glimpse of what is arguably the most famous family in the world.
When Prince Harry visited Australia this summer to promote the 2018 Invictus Games, he spent some time in Syndey Harbor, where he met and shook hands with several fans who had waited for several hours in the rain to meet him. Among them was a 97-year-old widow named Daphne Dunne, and when the prince spotted her in the crowd, he became visibly excited.
You see, it wasn't the first time they'd met. Prince Harry had previously met Daphne at an event at the Sydney Opera House in 2015, while he was doing work with the Australian Defense Force. He noticed her due to the cluster of military medals that she wore - most notably the Victoria Cross.
Daphne, a veteran of the Australian Women's Army, told the prince about her first husband, Albert, who had been awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. Albert died in combat during WWII, shipped off to war a year after he married Daphne. He was just 24.
The medals Daphne wore that day were his, and they are her way of honoring his memory, especially at events for other members of the armed services. At that first meeting Prince Harry planted a peck on the elderly widow's cheek, and when he saw her again, he recognized her right away! He greeted her with a warm embrace and said he was happy to see her, spending a few moments to chat before having to move on. According to Daphne, he was absolutely worth the long wait in the pouring rain.
While both of the Royal Princes are known for their charitable works, it is Prince Harry's commitment to veterans and members of the military (he proudly served in Afghanistan) that won Daphne's heart. The Invictus Games were created by Harry as a way to support and empower wounded/injured service members through competitive sports.
H/T: NBC News