Prince Harry is said to be planning a personal tribute to war widow Daphne Dunne after the news emerged on Tuesday that she had passed away at the age of 99.
A royal source is said to have told the news outlet that the couple are “deeply saddened by the news and they are thinking of Daphne’s family at this time”.
The 34-year-old prince developed a sweet friendship with his Daphne, from Sydney, who earned the title of Harry’s biggest fan, after she waited hours to meet him during his last three visits to Australia, even stealing several kisses from the young royal.
Seven News confirmed that Daphne passed away from pneumonia at her home on Monday, just days after she appeared on television to proudly show off the personal letter she had received from Harry and his wife Meghan to mark her 99th birthday.
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.
Last Friday, Daphne received a special message from her favourite young royal on her 99th birthday, as the royal super fan was surprised with a personalised letter from the expectant parents.
During an episode of the Today show, Daphne, who was seen sitting upright in her hospital bed, was pleased to hear Harry had reached out to her after claiming “he wouldn’t even think of it [her birthday]”.
The young royals sent their “warmest wishes” to their favourite Aussie, writing: “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. Best wishes, Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
The royal family are yet to release an official statement, or post an official tribute on social media.