Prince Harry Introduced Meghan Markle to His 98-Year-Old Australian BFF During Their Tour

During their Australian tour, Prince Harry introduced Meghan Markle to 98-year-old Daphne Dunne. Dunne met Harry during his previous trips to Australia in 2015 and 2017.

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Being a "working royal" is not a part-time job. While some members of the royal family (like Princess Eugenie, who just married her longtime love Jack Brooksbank) can have regular jobs and regular-ish lives, the inner circle of the Windsor fam are full-time public figures and representatives of the monarchy and the United Kingdom around the world. Representing a whole country all around the world means a lot of travel and right now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) are Down Under, repping Queen Elizabeth II like champs (opens in new tab).

The trip marks the couple's first royal tour (opens in new tab) since they wed in May (opens in new tab) and Meghan's first royal tour, well, ever. Harry, however, is a royal tour veteran and no stranger to Australia in particular. He's visited the country twice in recent years alone—in 2015 and 2017.

During those visits, he met with countless Australian officials and royal fans, but one formed a special bond with Harry: 98-year-old Daphne Dunne.

Harry and Daphne connected during both his 2015 and 2017 trips to Australia and when Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) stepped out to greet crowds of well-wishers at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, the nonagenarian was there, waiting to say hi to her old friend. Harry greeted Daphne with a hug because that's how old friends say hello and they are forever BFFs (in my mind, at least).

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Naturally, Harry introduced Meghan to Daphne, who was immediately like, "I heard the good news!" The good news, of course, is the Meghan and Harry are expecting their first child (opens in new tab) (the couple announced the news on Monday, just before they arrived in Australia).

"Thank you!" Meghan replied, according to E! News (opens in new tab). "What an exciting time. Yes, I've been so happy."

Dunne reportedly said the news was "marvelous" and "just what Harry needs."

And, in case you're doubting this friendship at all, Meghan was also overheard telling Daphne that she had seen the pictures of her and Harry from his last two visits to Australia and that they were "very sweet." Harry shows off pictures of his best Aussie friend. It's adorable (opens in new tab).

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.