Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly asked US President Joe Biden's people if they could fly back to the US with them on Air Force One after the late Queen's funeral last year, but were denied by the White House according to new reports.
It's believed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's request was denied in case it should cause a "commotion" and cause relations between the Bidens and the royal family to sour.
Insiders tell Daily Mail that while it would have been a great photo opportunity for the Sussexes, little discussion was actually had about the request, which was labelled a 'non-starter'.
"It would have caused such a commotion. It would have strained relations with the Palace and the new King," a source said.
It's not the first time the Bidens have turned the couple down, with First Lady Jill Biden declining an invitation to Prince Harry's Invictus Games, reportedly due to concerns it would create an issue with the royal family.
She did, however, attend the games in 2016 in Florida and the 2017 games in Canada with Joe.
Jill reportedly wanted to attend the 2022 games but was worried the Palace would be hurt.
Harry and Meghan have seemingly been trying to gain political influence, with Meghan publicly advocating for paid family leave to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and has reportedly been working behind the scenes to connect with the Bidens, the publication reports.
It's believed the couple saw the Bidens as an ally as they attempted to re-establish their brand after leaving the royal family.
It comes after reports Meghan is set to 'step away' from her collaborations with Prince Harry after a series of unsuccessful ventures.
The UK's Bella magazine has suggested Meghan will focus on solo projects and her personal brand, rather than joint projects with Harry, with the axing of the Spotify deal reportedly behind that decision.
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