IT'S LIKE a fairytale: a former George Town woman and handsome Prince Harry met yesterday afternoon at an official function.
And, according to Neika Bishop's grandmother Lyn Brzezina, it's evidence that dreams really do come true.
Miss Bishop, 23, is an aeronautic engineer with the Australian Air Force.
After finishing school in Tasmania, she moved on to study engineering at the Australian National University in Canberra.
She has spent five years at the academy and hopes to be deployed in the future.
Miss Bishop has featured on the air force website and newsletter but was surprised to received an official invitation from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife, Margie.
The invitation welcomed Miss Bishop to an afternoon tea at Kirribilli House.
"She feels very privileged to be asked," Mrs Brzezina said.
"It's a good message for young people, if they want their dreams to come true, they should pursue them.
"Just because you live in a small state like Tassie doesn't mean you can't do what you want."
Speaking in advance of Miss Bishop's meeting with the prince, Mrs Brzezina said her granddaughter had a conversation topic up her sleeve before meeting the prince.
Her name, pronounced "Ny- eeka", never failed to stump people, Mrs Brzezina said.
"That'll be a talking point, if nothing else," she said.