Harry makes Daphne, 97, blush during wet Invictus Games walkabout in Sydney
Harry is the driving force behind the Games for injured and sick military personnel and veterans.
Prince Harry ended up drenched to the skin when he went on a walkabout during a thunderstorm as he promoted his Invictus Games in Australia.
With the landmark Sydney Opera House as a backdrop, Harry shook hands with dozens of well-wishers sheltering under umbrellas, kissed others – and was even offered a cup of tea.
He left one admirer, 97-year-old Daphne Dunne, a little flushed after he gave her a peck on the cheek – the second time he has kissed the elderly royal fan.
Thank you to everyone who came down to Circular Quay today, including 97 year old Daphne, to welcome Prince Harry! pic.twitter.com/XRHNVss1u3— Invictus Games (@WeAreInvictus) June 7, 2017
Later, at a nearby passenger terminal, he watched demonstrations of adaptive sports, like wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball, before urging Australians to get behind their Invictus Games athletes when Sydney stages the competition next year.
Harry, who is the driving force behind the Games for injured and sick military personnel and veterans, said: “I promise you the sport you will see in front of you is some of the best, most competitive, uplifting and inspiring sport you will ever, ever see.
“And I can safely say that sitting there and watching these guys and girls compete against each other, people who have fought together and recovered together, to see them serving their country once more on the sporting field.
“Seeing, literally, lives change through sport is one of the most uplifting and inspiring things that I think you’ll ever see.”
Earlier, at the formal launch of Invictus Games 2018, the Prince paid tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terrorist atrocity.
He shared a platform at Admiralty House in Sydney with Australians Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said an attack on the British capital was an attack on his homeland.
Harry went on to spend the morning watching a display of sailing – a new sport that will be added to the roster of events for the Sydney Invictus Games in October next year.
As he stepped off the boat, he walked up the jetty and began shaking hands with the waiting royal fans.
Ms Dunne, wearing her husband Albert Chowne’s medals – including his posthumously awarded Victoria Cross for his actions during the Second World War – was greeted by Harry with a kiss.
The Prince gave her a similar welcome when they met in 2015 during his month-long attachment with the Australian Defence Force.
She said: “He kissed me on the other cheek this time. He really is a lovely young and he’s warm and genuine and really cares about the injured servicemen and women, he’s doing a fantastic job supporting them.”
During his walkabout in the downpour Harry stopped to chat to Mary Ann Kavanagh, and she said afterwards : “I told him it was very nice to have him in Sydney and I apologised about the rain, he said ‘we need this at home – that’s the way it is’.
“He’s so genuine, so nice and so polite and just a lovely person, and he was without an umbrella and got wet.”