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Britain's Prince Harry is embraced by 98-year-old Daphne Dunne during a walkabout outside the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific (Paul Edwards/Pool via AP)

Prince Harry in another catch-up with war widow in Sydney

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SYDNEY (AP) — There's clearly a special bond between Prince Harry and a 98-year-old war widow who gave him a warm hug Tuesday when they met — again — in Sydney.

It's a regular catch-up.

The widow, Daphne Dunne, tries to cross the prince's path whenever he comes to Australia.

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FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, Britain's Prince Harry, left, talks with Australian war veteran Daphne Dunne during a visit to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney. There seems to be a special bond between Harry and Dunne, a war widow who gave him a warm hug Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, when they met in Sydney. It’s become a regular thing for the two of them. Dunne, tries to come cross the prince’s path whenever he comes to Australia. (Dean Lewins/Pool Photo via AP, File)

It's a natural fit for Harry, who has made championing the cause of veterans one of his principal causes.

He first noted Dunne when he visited Sydney in 2015 and saw that she was wearing a Victoria Cross.

That's a significant award that wouldn't escape Harry's eye. It is awarded to military personnel who show gallantry "in the presence of the enemy" and can be awarded posthumously.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet 98-year-old Daphne Dunne during a walkabout outside the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)

It is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed by the British monarch, and Dunne told Harry it had been awarded to her first husband after he died in Papua New Guinea during World War II.

Harry and Dunne caught sight of each other outside the Opera House during his visit Tuesday. They hugged and chatted, and Harry introduced her to his pregnant wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

"Oh my goodness, is this Daphne?" Meghan asked.

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FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Britain's Prince Harry, right, meets Daphne Dunne, 97, left, during a rainy walk in Sydney. There seems to be a special bond between Harry and Dunne, a war widow who gave him a warm hug Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, when they met in Sydney. It’s become a regular thing for the two of them. Dunne, tries to come cross the prince’s path whenever he comes to Australia. (Dean Lewins/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Dunne later said Meghan claimed to have heard all about her.

"I wished them well with the baby on the way and said this is what Harry has been waiting for so long," said Dunne.

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