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Prince Harry’s close friendship with Joe Biden’s wife Jill

Fresh controversy is brewing over Prince Harry’s decision to wade into US politics after his close friendship with Jill Biden emerged. 

The Prince has a firm friendship with Dr Jill Biden after the pair met seven years ago when he was still representing Britain as a prominent Royal. The Democrat President-elect has even joked that his wife had spent ‘spent too much damn time’ with him.

But the cosy relationship adds to concerns in Britain about Harry ‘poking his woke nose’ into US politics – and comes months after he and Meghan released a video urging Americans to ‘reject hate’ and vote in the Presidential election. 

That was widely interpreted as an attack on Donald Trump, who responded to the video by saying he was ‘not a fan’ of Meghan and wishing Harry ‘a lot of luck’ with her ‘because he’s going to need it’.

Traditionally, members of the Royal Family are expected to remain politically neutral at all times, and Buckingham Palace distanced itself from the video. It said the Duke is ‘not a working member of the royal family’ and described his comments as being ‘made in a personal capacity’.

Despite their 33-year age gap, Jill and Harry are said to have bonded over their shared military links; the Duke spent 10 years serving in the British Army, while Jill’s late son Beau was a major in the US Military. 

Best buds? Prince Harry and Jill Biden have enjoyed a close friendship for several years, with the wife of President-elect Joe regularly showing her support for the Duke’s Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recorded a video in September urging Americans to vote, and hinted that they support Joe Biden. That video provoked a response from Donald Trump

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recorded a video in September urging Americans to vote, and hinted that they support Joe Biden. That video provoked a response from Donald Trump

First meeting: Harry, 36, and Jill, 69, met in May 2013 at a reception for US and British wounded soldiers in D.C., where they're said to have bonded over their shared dedication to the military

First meeting: Harry, 36, and Jill, 69, met in May 2013 at a reception for US and British wounded soldiers in D.C., where they’re said to have bonded over their shared dedication to the military

Fast friends: The Duke of Sussex and then-Second Lady Jill then attended a Mother's Day tea for military moms hosted by Michelle Obama at the White House two days later

Fast friends: The Duke of Sussex and then-Second Lady Jill then attended a Mother’s Day tea for military moms hosted by Michelle Obama at the White House two days later

Harry and Jill’s longstanding friendship stretches back to May 2013 when they met at a reception for US and British wounded soldiers in Washington, D.C.  

They appeared to strike up an immediate bond and the following year Jill travelled to London for Harry’s inaugural Invictus Games, where they were pictured beaming together during several of the events.

Joe did not travel with his wife to the UK and joked to reporters back in the US that he was ‘a little worried’ about how much time Harry and Jill were spending together.

The then vice president repeated the gag when Jill once again appeared alongside Harry at the Games in Orlando, 2016. ‘Jill went to London for the last Games. She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry,’ he said.  

The Bidens once again attended the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017 – the same year that Harry stepped out in public with Meghan, 39, for the first time. 

In the febrile climate of a US election in which votes in key swing states went down to the wire, Harry’s relationship with Jill has come under the microscope following remarks he made during the campaign.

Publicly the Sussexes have teetered on the brink of partiality, such as the thinly-veiled swipe at President Trump 

And privately, in an embarrassing hoax phone call with Russian pranksters posing as teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, the Prince said President Trump’s championing of America’s coal industry meant he had ‘blood on his hands’. 

Shared values: The duo both have strong ties to the armed forces; Harry spent 10 years serving in the British Army (pictured), while Jill's late son Beau was a major in the US Military

Shared values: The duo both have strong ties to the armed forces; Harry spent 10 years serving in the British Army, while Jill's late son Beau was a major in the US Military (pictured)

Shared values: The duo both have strong ties to the armed forces; Harry spent 10 years serving in the British Army (left), while Jill’s late son Beau was a major in the US Military (right) 

Support: In September 2014, Jill flew to London to attend the inaugural Invictus Games, and her clear bond with Harry prompted Joe to joke that he was 'a little worried'

Support: In September 2014, Jill flew to London to attend the inaugural Invictus Games, and her clear bond with Harry prompted Joe to joke that he was ‘a little worried’

Squad: Harry, who is also close friends with the Obamas, reunited with pals Jill and Michelle in 2015 at an event in Virginia to promote the 2016 Invictus Games

Squad: Harry, who is also close friends with the Obamas, reunited with pals Jill and Michelle in 2015 at an event in Virginia to promote the 2016 Invictus Games

Harry’s decision to publicly wade into the issue prompted critics on both sides of the Atlantic to slam him for violating a centuries-old royal tradition of maintaining political neutrality. 

In September, Harry and Meghan recorded a video message for Times 100 urging Americans to vote, while hinting that they both supported Biden.

The Duke urged people to ‘reject hate speech’ while the Duchess called it the ‘most important election of our lifetime’ in remarks which made waves on both sides of the Atlantic.

‘Every four years, we’re told, “This is the most important election of our lifetime.” But this one is,’ Meghan said. ‘When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.’ 

Although Harry noted in the video that he ‘hasn’t been able to vote in the UK’ during his lifetime, he urged those who can take part in the US election to ‘reject… misinformation and online negativity’ in the lead-up to the political event. 

Sources close to the pair denied that they were publicly throwing their weight behind any one candidate, however royal insiders the world over voiced concern about their decision to speak about politics at all – particularly because the Queen and her family are expected to remain politically neutral at all times. 

Buckingham Palace also distanced itself from Harry and Meghan’s remarks in a stinging response by saying the Duke is ‘not a working member of the royal family’ and describing his comments as being ‘made in a personal capacity’. 

Three's a crowd? The Bidens showed their joint support for the Games in 2016, although Joe couldn't help but joke that his wife had 'spent too much damn time' with Harry in 2014

Three’s a crowd? The Bidens showed their joint support for the Games in 2016, although Joe couldn’t help but joke that his wife had ‘spent too much damn time’ with Harry in 2014

Guests of honor: Joe and Jill were also present at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto - however they have not been seen publicly with Prince Harry since then

Guests of honor: Joe and Jill were also present at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto – however they have not been seen publicly with Prince Harry since then 

Controversial? Harry (pictured with Jill in 2017) was recently slammed for seemingly hinting that he supported Biden's presidential campaign

Controversial? Harry (pictured with Jill in 2017) was recently slammed for seemingly hinting that he supported Biden’s presidential campaign 

Still, the couple’s pointed political comments sparked outrage, and royal experts told DailyMail.com that the couple should give up their titles and sever their links to the monarchy for good if they want to comment on US politics, while insiders told the Times that palace aides would be concerned about their intervention.

DailyMail.com editor-at-large Piers Morgan said: ‘Prince Harry poking his woke nose into the US election and effectively telling Americans to vote against President Trump is completely unacceptable behavior for a member of the Royal Family.’

Days before the Time 100 video was released, activist and Democrat campaigner Gloria Steinem revealed that Meghan had been ‘cold-calling US voters’, explaining that she and the Duchess of Sussex reached out to people together in order to encourage them to take part in the election process. 

‘She came home to vote. The first thing we did, and why she came to see me, was we sat at the dining room table where I am right now and we cold-called voters,’ Gloria, 86, told Access Hollywood. 

A spokesperson for Prince Harry ‘declined to comment on the current status of Harry’s relationship with Biden’ when asked by Insider, however given the public outrage over the Duke’s decision to wade into US politics, it’s likely that any public show of friendship would prompt furious controversy, particularly in the wake of the closely-fought election. 

Previously, any show of friendliness between Harry and the Bidens was done so in an official capacity in terms of the Duke’s role as a senior royal and the Invictus Games founder – and meetings took place with the backing of the Royal Family and the UK government at sanctioned events. 

However, after Harry stepped down from his official duties as a royal, any show of friendship or support for the Bidens would be done on a personal level – and could once again spark outcry over whether the Duke is demonstrating political allegiances – and flouting royal traditions in the process.  

Since the election, both Harry and Meghan have refrained from once again speaking out about politics – however a source revealed to the New York Post last week that the Duchess of Sussex had cast her vote early via mail-in ballot. 

Upset: Harry and Meghan prompted furious backlash when they spoke out about the election in a Time 100 video (pictured), despite royals being expected to remain politically neutral

 Upset: Harry and Meghan prompted furious backlash when they spoke out about the election in a Time 100 video (pictured), despite royals being expected to remain politically neutral

That same source also claimed that Meghan – who has made her political ambitions increasingly clear over the past few months while taking part in numerous virtual summits and Zoom conferences – would not have let anything stop her from voting in this election, insisting that she’d have cast her ballot even if she and Harry had still been living in the UK.

‘Meghan was an American long before she was a royal,’ the unnamed source said. ‘She wouldn’t miss voting in this election no matter where she was living.’

Harry was not be able to actually vote in the election because he is not a US citizen, but one source close to the couple, who re-located to California with their son Archie earlier this year, said that both he and Meghan had taken a ‘keen interest’ in the events leading up to it.

‘They have taken a keen interest in this election and I’m sure they are eagerly awaiting the outcome,’ a ‘friend’ told People.

Although Meghan is not officially a royal, having lost her status as a senior member of The Firm when she and Harry chose to step away from their duties at the start of the year, she is the first person with such close attachment to the monarchy to take part in a US election in modern history. 

Neither Meghan or Harry actually voiced their support for one particular candidate ahead of the election – however the Duchess of Sussex has previously spoken about her dislike of President Donald Trump, branding him ‘misogynistic’ and ‘divisive’ during a talk show appearance in 2016, shortly after he had won the election.

When Trump made an official state visit to the UK in June 2019, Meghan did not join the other royals in meeting him – a move that some royal sources claimed was her way of showing her disapproval of the President, although officially, her absence was blamed on the fact that she was still on maternity leave. 

However, it was revealed in November 2019 that Meghan had invited Hillary Clinton to visit her and baby Archie at Frogmore Cottage – the family’s home in the UK – where the two women were said to have enjoyed a ‘very warm, sweet’ meeting. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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