Harry’s surprising connection to the Bidens
Prince Harry faced a backlash on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year when became wound up in the US Election.
British Royals are not supposed to espouse political points of view, but it was clear to some he was barracking for Joe Biden when he told Americans urging Americans to "reject hate" and vote in the Presidential election.
Now, it appears there is more to the relationship between Harry and the next first family than him simply backing their political views.
Images over the years show he has become particularly close with Dr Jill Biden - Joe's wife.
The Democrat President-elect has even joked that his wife had spent "spent too much damn time" with him - jokingly it should be added - after the paparazzi caught them hanging out.
Despite their 33-year age gap the pair are said to have struck up a friendship during Harry's tour of the US in 2013.
During the trip Harry went to a reception for British and US wounded warriors in Washington, when Mr Biden was serving as Barack Obama's Vice President.
Harry then went to the Warrior Games in Colorado during the visit, which became his inspiration for the Invictus Games, his sporting event for wounded veterans.
It was there that Harry and Jill are said to have bonded over their shared military links. Harry spent 10 years serving in the British Army, while Jill's late stepson Beau was a major in the US Military.
The pair clearly made an impression on each other, because the were pictured together in London the following year.
Jill was in the UK to support the US team at the first Invictus Games in 2014, and the Bidens and Obamas continued supporting the event.
Two years later, pictures show Harry sat next to the Bidens as they watched the wheelchair basketball event at the 2016 games in Orlando.
Joe joked he was "a little worried" about how much time Harry and Jill were spending together.
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"Jill went to London for the last Games. She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry," he said.
The Bidens then attended the Games in Toronto in 2017 - the same year that Harry stepped out in public with Meghan for the first time.
The cosy relationship between the Royals and the Bidens will only serve to pile more criticism of Harry, who was slammed for "poking his nose" into US politics earlier this year.
Although the he wasn't allowed to vote in the US elections, he did break royal protocol for the first time in openly talking about politics alongside Meghan, who did cast a vote.
The royal couple urged people to go out and vote, with Harry saying it is time to "reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity".
Meghan called the 2020 White House race as the "most important of our lifetime".
He said: "As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.
"When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realise it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes.
"Because when one person buys into negativity online the effects are felt exponentially. It's time to not only, but to act."
The message was seen as an attack on Mr Trump - who saw it in the same way.
Shortly after the video message he hit back at one of his press conferences.
"I'm not a fan of hers (Meghan). I would say this - and she has probably heard that - I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he's going to need it," he said.
Harry's comments also angered the British tabloid press.
Morning TV host 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 behaviour for a member of the Royal Family."
Since the election, both Harry and Meghan have refrained from 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.
A spokesman for Prince Harry "declined to comment on the current status of Harry's relationship with Biden" when asked by Insider.
Joe Biden is expected to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in January at an outdoor inauguration ceremony.
Originally published as Harry's surprising connection to the Bidens