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Jill Biden’s relationship with the Royal Family


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The former Second Lady of the United States will become the First Lady when her husband, former Vice President and current President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office on 20 January. Prince Harry has grown close with the Bidens over the years, and in honour of the upcoming inauguration, Royal Central is taking a look at the future first lady’s relationship with Harry.

The Bidens first became acquainted with the Royal Family when Prince Harry visited the United States in 2013. Harry was attending a reception for US and British wounded soldiers when he met then-First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden.

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Jill and Harry are said to have bonded over their shared military links. The Prince spent 10 years serving in the British army, and Jill’s late stepson Beau was a major in the US military.

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The following year in 2014, Jill Biden attended the first-ever Invictus Games in London – a charitable sports tournament for wounded, injured, or sick personnel and veterans founded by Prince Harry. After the Games, Joe Biden joked about the two’s close relationship, “I’m a little worried here, you know what I mean?”

Joe joined his wife in attending the 2016 Games in Orlando. A year later, the couple attended the games in Toronto, the event where Harry made his public debut with his future wife – American actress Meghan Markle.

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Joe would then joke again in 2016 of his wife’s royal relationship, “Jill went to London for the last Games. She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry.”

In a press release from the US Department of Defense, Jill referenced a sporting event in Colorado that Harry had attended in 2013. That event would inspire him to create the multi-national Invictus Games.

“The prince,” she said, “saw our Warrior Games in Colorado, and so now he’s brought it to a global scale, and we have 14 countries and 400 athletes competing and it’s been great.”

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.