Prince Harry and Barack Obama have become firm friends since they first met in Washington in 2015. Since then, they have crossed paths several times.
Prince Harry introduced Michelle and Barack Obama to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2016, when the Obamas were still leading the United States of America. The meeting, which took place at Kensington Palace, marked the first time the young royals had entertained a head of state privately.
Early last year, the two friends met in the wake of the Manchester attacks to discuss a number of issues including mental health, conservation, empowering young people and support for veterans. Obama took to Twitter to comment on the meeting: “Good to see my friend Prince Harry in London to discuss the work of our foundations & offer condolences to victims of the Manchester attack”, he wrote.
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 27, 2017
The pair famously enjoyed a basketball match at the Invictus Games in Toronto together in September, bonding over their shared interest in sports.
Obama invited Prince Harry to speak at the 2017 Obama Foundation’s Summit, and not long after the 33-year-old royal joined Michelle Obama on a school visit to talk about the future Obama Presidential Centre. Michelle thanked Harry on Twitter after the visit: “Thanks to my friend Prince Harry for joining me in my hometown to surprise these outstanding students!”
Towards the end of 2017, Prince Harry conducted a hilarious interview with Obama for BBC. The pair joked about British accents and “the face”
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) December 17, 2017
When Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, Obama extended warm congratulations to the couple. It has not yet been revealed if Barack and Michelle will attend the wedding in May.
Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 27, 2017