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Dylan Alcott has a lot of sympathy for Harry and Meghan

Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott says he plans to say ‘G’day’ to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

The Australian of the Year 2022 was among ten ‘ordinary Australians’ invited to attend the official farewell ceremonies of Her Majesty at London’s Westminster Abbey.

Alcott had nothing but praise for the royals as he made the startling revelation during his regular ListenABLE podcast while speaking with the co-host Angus O’Loughlin.

“I always feel when I read articles about them, based on my own personal experience, that they are very giving,” he said.

The Paralympic gold medalist first met Prince Harry at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.

During the podcast, taped ahead of his flight to London last week, Alcott spoke out for the controversial Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“What I want to say is that I really respect what Harry did for the disability through the Invictus Games,” he said, “and that was actually my first association with the Palace.”

Sounding genuinely moved, the star athlete then added: “If I could see Harry I’d ask if he’s okay to be honest. I hope he’s fine.’

Alcott said he was “unsure what to expect from the funeral.”

Last May, Mr Alcott was one of the last Australians to speak to the Queen in a video call that went viral for a great moment.

‘I made Her Majesty laugh. I’ve had too many bad jokes. I’m not sure if it’s sympathy laughter or genuine,” he said, from London.

“I think I said something like… she asked me why I quit and I said I’m sick of beating people from England at Wimbledon.

“She had to giggle. And she was just… she really listened. She was present. Imagine who she talks to, every day, all day for her whole life,” he told the Today Show.

Mr Alcott said he was delighted to have had the opportunity to speak to the Queen.

“In that moment, yes, we had a really good conversation and that was very special for me, my family.”

Also present on that video call in May was the Governor General of Australia, David Hurley, and other Australians of the Year: Valmai Dempsey, Dr. Daniel Nour and Shanna Whan.

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