She shot to fame as Prince Harry’s biggest fan, charming the world on three separate occasions as she shared tender exchanges with the duke as he carried out official engagements Down Under. But the world was rocked earlier this month, when the news broke that Daphne Dunne had passed away at the age of 99.
And the royal super-fan’s funeral has now taken place, with mourners paying their final respects to the late war widow, gathering in St Phillip’s Anglican Church, where Daphne tied the knot with her husband an incredible 75 years ago.
Daily Telegraph reporter Clare Armstrong tweeted: “Bells of St Phillip’s Anglican Church chiming 99 times in the Sydney CBD to commemorate 99-year-old Daphne Dunne. Her funeral service held in same place she married her first husband 75 years ago.”
The Daily Mail reported that New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was among those who paid their respects on Tuesday, as her family remembered her “long and extraordinary” life. And, while the service was a private affair, it has also been reported that a public memorial service will be held in Sydney’s St James’ Church on Friday 17 May for those who wish to honour Daphne.
Bells of St Phillip’s Anglican Church chiming 99 times in the Sydney CBD to commemorate 99-year-old Daphne Dunne. Her funeral service held in same place she married her first husband 75 years ago. Ms Dunne melted the world’s hearts with her Prince Harry meetings @dailytelegraph pic.twitter.com/ZNAb0CfUgj
— Clare Armstrong (@ByClare) April 16, 2019
Daphne passed away on Monday 1 April after a short battle with pneumonia, just days after she received a birthday card from Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
Reports of war widow Daphne’s death emerged on social media at the time with Seven News breaking the sad news online in a social media post which read: “99-year-old Daphne Dunne, known for being Prince Harry’s biggest fan, passed away yesterday after battling pneumonia.”
Appearing on the Today show three days before she died, Daphne shared her delight in hearing from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, having met Harry’s wife Meghan for the first time in 2018.
“Dear Daphne, my wife and I send our warmest wishes to you on the occasion of your 99th birthday on Friday,” the letter from Harry began.
“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. Best wishes, Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
Daphne became a star in her own right over the past few years after she was pictured stealing several kisses from Prince Harry during his visits Down Under.
The pair met for the very first time in May 2015, when Prince Harry, dressed in military uniform, met the war widow during a walkabout in Sydney, whilst she was wearing her husband’s Victoria Cross medal.
Their second meeting came in June last year when Daphne waited in the rain in Sydney to meet her favourite royal, who was visiting Australia to promote the Invictus Games.
And the pair met once again October last year, with Harry this time introducing his new wife to Daphne, when the duke and duchess carried out their first official overseas tour since tying the knot at Windsor Castle in May 2018.