Dylan Alcott reveals plan in case he sees Prince Harry at the Queen’s funeral

Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott has shared what he plans to say to Prince Harry if he gets a chance to speak to him at the Queen’s funeral today.

Olcott, the famed Paralympian, was one of ten Australians invited to the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday.

The tennis player flew to the UK with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to attend the funeral, but managed to record an episode of the podcast before leaving.

Olcott is one of the organizers SUITABLE for listening podcast with former radio personality Angus O’Laughlin where Aussie of the Year chats about what it was like to be invited to the Queen’s funeral.

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Olcott said it was a “huge honor” for me to fly to London and represent Australia with a handful of other people.

At one point, O’Loughlin asked the tennis player what he would say to Prince Harry if he had a chance to see him.

“I’ll definitely say ‘Good afternoon’ if I see him and Meghan,” Alcott said.

“I always feel when I read articles about them – because of my personal experience – they are very helpful.”

Australian of the Year said Prince Harry and his work at the Invictus Games was his first real connection to the royal family.

“What I will say is what Harry has done for people with disabilities through Invictus Games which I really respect. And that was my first contact with the palace,” Olcott said.

“Obviously I need to talk to Her Majesty and others, but my connection is related to disability.

“If I could see Harry, I would ask if he was all right, to be honest. I hope he’s all right.”

Alcott also spoke about meeting and talking to the Queen a few months ago, calling it a “cool experience”.

“To be able to talk about what we’re trying to do here with disability in Australia,” he said. “Obviously sad news of her passing.”

The Queen’s funeral will take place at 11:00 local time on Monday, September 19, which is the evening when Australians will follow what is happening.

Funeral services will begin at 8:00 pm for residents of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, ACT and Tasmania.

In the Northern Territory and South Australia it starts at 19:30.

In Western Australia, the service will begin at 6:00 pm.

Mr Albanese said last week that Buckingham Palace had asked the Australian government to invite “ordinary citizens” who have made “outstanding contributions” to the nation.

Champion horse trainer Chris Waller is another of 10 Australians (not counting dignitaries) who have received an invitation to the Queen’s funeral.

Mr. Waller, a purebred trainer of the Winx champion horses, tended many of the Queen’s horses and maintained a close relationship with Her Majesty over the years.

He said it was “a great honor” for him to attend.

“I’ve been inundated with messages and well wishes and… it’s just a very humiliating experience that’s about to happen, all for an amazing woman,” he said of the invitation.

Mr. Waller sometimes chatted with the Queen on the telephone about horses.

However, he missed an RAF flight on Thursday evening and is now unable to attend the funeral for “Covid-19 reasons”.

“Like many others, I will live and cherish for the rest of my life fond memories of Her Majesty; her love for horses and all animals; her passion for life and the respect she showed for ordinary people,” said Mr. Waller.

Other invitees include 2022 Australian Local Hero Shanna Wang, 2022 Queensland Local Hero Saba Abraham, 2022 and 2021 Senior Australian of the Year Valmai Dempsey and Dr. Miriam-Rose Unganmerr Baumann, and Tasmanian Local Hero Kim Smith APM.

Danny Abdallah, who lost three children when a drunk driver hit them with his car in 2020, has also been chosen to fly with the group to the funeral.

Also selected were Young Australian of the Year Trudy Lin and 2021 Western Australian Australian of the Year Professor Helen Milroy.

Mr. Albanese said the people chosen “embodied an outstanding contribution to our country.”

“These ordinary Australians will travel with me and the Governor General and will join Acting High Commissioner Lynn Atwood, who is currently in the United Kingdom,” he said.

“We have collected and confirmed that all these people will be able to travel, they will be on the same plane as me, which will leave Sydney on Thursday.”

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