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Prince Harry gets goodbye kiss in Australia, excited to meet 'beautiful' Charlotte

by Eun Kyung Kim /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Prince Harry wrapped up his month-long deployment in Australia by greeting hundreds of fans Thursday, including one particularly spirited admirer who went in for a kiss on the lips.

Meeting with well-wishers outside the Sydney Opera House, the prince signed autographs, posed for photos and even agreed to a request by a tiara-wearing woman who asked, “Can I kiss you on the cheek?”

Harry obliged and the woman, who had been holding a “Marry Me, last chance, Prince Harry!” sign, planted one on his cheek — before moving in for his mouth.

The smiling prince quickly backed off and the crowd erupted into laughs and cheers.

Prince Harry Visits Sydney
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Members of the public wait to meet Prince Harry during a walkabout outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Chris Jackson / Getty Images
Prince Harry Visits Sydney
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Separately, Harry told reporters he can't wait to meet his new niece, Princess Charlotte. The daughter of his brother, Prince Harry, and Duchess Kate was born May 2.

"I've been given a hell of a lot of cuddly toys from this morning and other things, so I look forward to it,” he said. “I am looking forward to meeting her. She's beautiful, so it's great."

Charlotte's birth bumped Harry down to fifth in line for the British throne.

Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne in Sydney
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne (wearing her husbands Victoria Cross) during a walkabout outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the British Army, has been embedded with various Australian army units in Sydney, Darwin and Perth for the past four weeks. He will next head to New Zealand before returning home to Britain.

Britain's Prince Harry speaks to children from St Mary's South Public School during a visit to Sydney's Opera House
Britain's Prince Harry speaks to children from St Mary's South Public School during a visit to Sydney's Opera House in Australia, May 7, 2015. Harry is ending a month-long attachment with the Australian Defence Force before beginning a week-long tour of New Zealand. REUTERS/Dean Lewins/POOLDean Lewins / Reuters

The prince announced earlier this year that he will retire from the military in June to allow him to spend more time on his numerous charities to battle AIDS and help wounded service members. But he said his time in Australia almost gave him second thoughts about the decision.

"All it's done is made me not want to finish my military career," he said. "I've been so well looked after."

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