Prince Harry has taken Sydney by storm – quite literally.
In Australia to launch the 2018 Invictus Games, Harry brought the dreary London weather with him as he stopped by Circular Quay for over a half hour to meet with fans.
Editors from our sister site, Now to Love, were on the ground during his walk-about and were lucky enough to meet the Queen’s grandson and despite being soaked from head-to-toe – every drop of rain was worth it!
Here’s what they learned from our meeting with Prince Harry (and several hundred people)…
"Believe the hype - there is something magical about him," says Senior Entertainment Writer Chloe Lal
Braving what can only be described as the love child of a cyclone and a flood, I stood side-by-side with the most dedicated of royal fans at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
The rain and I became close friends, and time stood still in my quest to get a glimpse of the man that’s uncle to Prince George, Meghan Markle’s beau, and of course, Princess Diana’s living, breathing legacy.
Harry was set to greet us at 2 p.m. and staying true to his punctual self, the sound of a mass engine blasted from the marina.
Because Prince Harry is secretly like James Bond, he arrived on a black jet boat. In the pouring rain. With no umbrella holder.
People across the globe have spoken about how the 32-year-old is so much like his mother and it’s true. Like Princess Diana, he’s kind and compassionate, and seeing him talk to everyone, as the rain descended every ounce of its being onto us, it was clear all these statements and observations were actual fact.
Harry genuinely wanted to know how your day was, he thanked everyone for taking the time to wait for him. If I had to drill it down to one word, he’s humble.
I then got to witness something that my grandchildren’s children will be told in years to come. My coworker Bella exchanged words with the man that is Prince Harry.
Victoria McRae made headlines during Prince Harry’s last trip to Sydney in 2015.
The overzealous fan famously planted a rogue kiss on the royal’s lips during a meet-and-greet and now two years later, the 23-year-old was back to make amends with the star.
Speaking with Now To Love, Victoria told us her fictional boyfriend had a chuckle when they were reunited today.
“He was probably a bit weary of me but I think we made amends from my last cheeky kiss. We got to shake hands, I gave him a photo of us [from 2015],” she said.
“He just looked at me and was like, ‘Oh gosh, it’s you again!’ Then I just said: ‘It was great meeting you the first time!’”
As for why Victoria is so enamored by the prince, she says it all comes down to his charismatic personality.
“He’s just very cheeky and I’m a big fan of Princess Diana and he stands for a lot of good causes. He’s very down to earth and a real natural around people.”
"He's charm personified," says Entertainment Editor Bella Brennan
These are words I never imagined I’d get to say but today, I shook Prince Harry’s rain-soaked hand and had a fleeting conversation that I can’t even recall.
Remembering that Harry hates selfies, my colleague Chloe and I vowed that we’d live in the moment and pop our phones away should he come and talk to us.
Our approach paid off and Harry stopped by for a chat. He thanked us for waiting out in the rain and raved about his love of Sydney.
He didn't cut one corner of the crowd and gave every person from every walk of life, the time of day. It's fair to say everyone there floated home on a Prince Harry high.
He's inherited his mother's brand of magic and brings joy where ever he goes.
This post was written by Chloe Lal and Bella Brennan. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.
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