Prince Harry pays tribute to London attack victims

Wednesday, 07 Jun, 2017

Britain's Prince Harry launched the countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games today in Sydney, marking 500 days until the event's opening ceremony.

"Prince Harry is so relatable and down to earth", Mr Camenzuli told AAP.

After watching a boat show on Sydney Harbour in the pouring rain, a very soaked Prince Harry took the time to greet fans alongside NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in Circular Quay who had been awaiting their arrival for hours.

A spokeswoman at Kensington Palace last month "could not confirm or deny whether Prince Harry or older brother Prince William would make it to New Zealand for the Lions tour", simply saying there were no plans confirmed as of yet.

Sydney Olympic Park will be the venue for the majority of the sports, but the iconic harbour will be used for sailing.

During a brief stop in Circular Quay this afternoon - the one opportunity for Harry to meet members of the public - the conditions were virtually cyclonic, with a fearless crowd huddled under umbrellas for the chance to meet the Prince. "Sport would help these guys and girls fix their lives and reconnect with those around them". I have no doubt that the Sydney public will make these games their own.

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Armed with nothing but a small umbrella as she sat patiently awaiting her prince, Harry recognised Daphne nearly instantly and was more than happy to accept her show of affection.

"We salute you, we thank you and we will be cheering you on at the Invictus Games here in Sydney in 2018", he said.

'Australians form an important and vibrant part of the fabric of life in London and we are reminded of that in good times and bad. "Our hearts go out to the victims, their friends and families".

Two Australians were among the seven killed in London on Saturday when three terrorists in a van mowed down pedestrians on the London Bridge and attacked others with knives in the nearby Borough Market.

In the pouring rain on Wednesday, the elderly woman who embraced Harry in 2015 and the young female fan who famously stole a kiss from the prince during that trip were willing to get wet to do it all again.