It was a huge bouquet of flowers – along with nerves of steel – that did the trick.
And when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex deviated from their Taronga Zoo schedule yesterday, to make a beeline for an excited local crowd, Matt de Groot was front and centre.
The Nova 969 newsreader was tasked with delivering flowers to Meghan by breakfast hosts Fitzy and Wippa – not for a moment expecting that he would succeed.
“We had been told that the Royals prefer small bunches of flowers, so of course it was decided to buy the biggest bouquet we could find,” Matt told Mosman Collective.
“And it turns out that it was the best 500 bucks Nova has ever spent!
“I mean, a gigantic bald man carrying an enormous bunch of flowers was bound to attract attention, but no-one expected it would come from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A long time Mosman resident, Matt said he first waited at the gates of Admiralty House – but after the Royal motorcade snubbed his big bunch of blooms, he put Plan B into action.