Will Meghan Markle the royal baby an American citizen? Here is what we know

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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, won with his pregnant wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the stage during WE Day in London.

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, expected their first child sometime this spring, there is no shortage of questions about the royal baby and the next phase in the couple’s life together. One of the most pressing questions, especially among American fans, is the environment of her nationality. Will the Baby Sussex has the American citizenship?

The short answer is yes. But the explanation is a little more complicated than that, and over time that may change.


Born Aug. 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle Sr., Meghan is a native-born citizen of the United States. The former “Suits” actress, grew up in Hollywood for a bachelor’s degree from the Northwestern School of Communication in 2003. She didn’t start dating Harry until June 2016, when she was 34.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in New Zealand.

When Meghan and Harry announced their engagement, it was soon found that the bride-to-be would change her citizenship. “She is going to be an English citizen and will go through the process of that, what some of you may know, it takes a number of years,” Jason Knauf, Prince Harry is communication secretary told the BBC in December 2017, for the few May 2018 wedding ceremony. That trip may not even begin until Meghan has spent 12 months living in the uk in the meantime, she would be “compatible with the immigration requirements at all times,” he added, which means that they are still an American citizen when she gives birth.

According to the State Department, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen (Meghan) and “a stranger” (Harry) in the marriage to acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if the American parent has lived in the US for some time. In the case of Baby, Sussex, born after 1986, the parents on the required five-year period, with two of those years after the age of 14, Meghan has fulfilled.


With that said, the royal baby will be born as an American citizen. Furthermore, according to the british government, a child that is born to at least a British or Irish citizen (Harry), a British citizen, which means that the royal baby will essentially have “dual nationality.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

However, in order for their child to be considered as a dual citizen, Harry and Meghan would have to be the birth of a U.s. consulate general, Doris Meissner, former Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner under President Bill Clinton, tells the New York Times. That would serve as “proof of AMERICAN citizenship,” making their child eligible for a passport.

While born as an American citizen, it is unlikely that the royals will do anything to officiate the state than that. Royal expert Kelly Lynch tells Time magazine that “the child will be completely British.”


In addition, it is of the opinion that Meghan will eventually abandon her AMERICAN citizenship for the protection of the royal family’s finances to audit by the TAX authorities and must pay double taxes. The same movement would also be applied on to her child. Royal expert Marlene Koenig tells City & Country, “I would expect that when they reach adulthood, they would go through the process of letting go… The US is the only country that taxes the income of citizens living abroad. Meghan may be investments that an income — and even abroad, they will have to pay US income tax.”

Meghan Markle

No matter what, the whole thing is unprecedented. “No one in the royal history has an American mother,” Lynch says. “It will be interesting to see what happens.”

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