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US President Obama shares a joke with vice-president Joe Biden.Pete Souza/White House

US Vice President Joe Biden, known for his unceremonious jokes, tells Guardian News that his concerns rise above the Scottish Referendum over to his wife who has been spending time with Prince Harry.

Speaking to Guardian's Paul Lewis, Biden says, "By the way, I've been reading the English press the last four or five days."

Assuming the next comment will address Thursday's Scottish referendum, Guardian's Lewis replies, "It is a big moment, isn't it?"

But Biden had other thoughts on his mind.

"No, not just the vote tomorrow. But my wife was with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games. And I read in the Guardian, or one of them, and it says – I'm paraphrasing – everywhere Prince Harry went, he had this blonde woman on his arm. The vice-president's wife! I'm a little worried here, you know what I mean?" said an amused Biden.

Earlier today (17 September), Biden apologized for his "poor choice of words" referring to his use of the word 'Shylocks' in a recent speech.

"When someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden, uses the term 'Shylocked' to describe unscrupulous moneylenders dealing with service men and women, we see once again how deeply embedded this stereotype about Jews is in society," said Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director and a survivor of the Holocaust.

Biden responded by saying:

"Abe Foxman has been a friend and adviser of mine for a long time. He's correct, it was a poor choice of words, particularly as he said coming from 'someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden.' He's right."