The Prince, who was in town for the International Fleet Review, smiled and pulled faces with babies and children and posed for selfies with women who’d descended on Sydney Harbor for their chance to see him.
The Daily Telegraph reports that at one point Harry bent down to pick up a woman’s straw hat after she dropped it, and then ended up having a one-on-one chat with her 22-year-old daughter, Lauren Burke.
“The straw hat is the new glass slipper when it comes to getting a prince,” Burke joked. “My mom is like my wing-woman.”
When another woman in the crowd asked Harry, “When are you getting married?” the 29-year-old, who’s dating Cressida Bonas, laughed and quickly changed the subject.
Another fan presented Harry, who looked dapper in a navy suit and blue tie, with a present for his new nephew, Prince George. Holding the gift bag, which contained a toy dingo and a children’s book, the Prince promised, “I’ll make sure he gets it.”
New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted that even his two daughters, Frances, 22, and Bridget, 20, were excited about meeting one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and had agonized over what to wear.
“I’m pinching myself,” Bridget said after talking to Harry. “He seems like a very genuine guy, down to earth.”