Prince Harry Played a Surprise Part in Joe Biden's Inauguration

Prince Harry—or rather a photo of Prince Harry—made an appearance at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' inauguration, fans spotted on Twitter.

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Prince Harry might not have attended Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's inauguration in person, but he still managed to make a surprise appearance—in the form of one very large photo.

As CNN reports (opens in new tab), Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery after they were sworn in, where they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider alongside former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Biden spoke with Bill and Hillary Clinton in the cemetery's Memorial Display Room, as the Independent reports (opens in new tab). Clinton staff member Jon Davidson posted a photo of their conversation on Twitter, captioning it, "It’s a new day in America." 

Royal fans were quick to spot one detail in the background: A large photo of Prince Harry in his British Army uniform. According to the Independent, said photo was taken during Harry's 2013 visit to the Arlington National Cemetery. Observe:

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Harry and Biden have actually met in person (opens in new tab): They reportedly first met during Harry's 2013 visit to the U.S., while Jill Biden attended the first Invictus Games in London in 2014. Both Jill and Joe Biden subsequently attended the Invictus Games in 2016 and 2017, held in Orlando and Toronto respectively.

In fact, the then-future president joked about Harry and Jill's close bond at the 2016 Orlando games. "Jill went to London for the last Games," he said. "She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry."

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