Prince Harry's tour of New Zealand has been filled with shaking hands and taking pictures with loyal fans. But on Tuesday, the royal was greeted by someone very special from his past — his favorite teacher!
Vicki McBratney — who previously taught at Ludgrove School in Berkshire, England during the 1990s and now works in New Zealand — waited outside the town of Christchurch's 'Quake City' Museum to reunite with her former student. When Harry, 30, spotted her in the crowd, he "looked really shocked," McBratney, 44, said.
Harry with Vicki McBratney on Tuesday, May 12. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"[He said], 'Hi Vicky, nice to see you,' gave me a kiss and had a chat. [He was] a lovable, friendly, nice boy. He's still got that same smile," she told the Daily Mail of seeing the Prince of Wales for the first time in 16 years.
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Harry attended Ludgrove, a preparatory boarding school, from 1992 until 1998. When his mother, Princess Diana, tragically died in a 1997 car crash, McBratney — who had also lost her mother — reportedly played a key role in consoling the young royal.
Harry hugging Vicki McBratney during his visit to New Zealand. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"Every couple of weeks he'd come and knock on my door and we'd both go to the [teacher's] lounge and I'd make him a hot chocolate and we'd sit and talk and he'd share letters from his Mum," McBratney recently told New Zealand's Nelson Mail of their friendship.
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