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Will Harry And Meghan's Baby Have A U.S. Citizenship? The Answer Is More Complicated Than We First Thought

Date October 26, 2018 18:00

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they're expecting a baby, the public has been talking about it non-stop, speculating about the child's gender, due date, and what kind of parents the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be (we all know they will be incredible, come on).

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It's as if this is going to be our baby, we're all just as excited as if we were the happy parents-to-be!

However, there is still one serious question remaining: Will the future royal baby be an American citizen? The answer is more complicated than you initially might think.

What will be the citizenship of Meghan's baby?

Currently, Meghan Markle is a U.S. citizen, it will take a few more years for her to become a Brit, while Prince Harry is, of course, a UK citizen. According to the rules, any baby born to an American and an 'alien', so to speak, is automatically granted U.S. citizenship.

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But it's not that easy. The royal family will have to apply for the child's passport to make dual citizenship valid. As Doris Meissner, who is a former commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, told The New York Times:

...in order to function, like any of us, it will need documents and proof, and for that you need to have it validated.

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However, if we're being honest, the question here is whether the royals will want their new family member to be partially American. Therefore, Harry and Meghan's child citizenship will be up to them, so it'll be a while until we know the answer.

What about the baby's royal title?

At least when it comes to the baby's royal title, we know the concrete answer. The future child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be Earl if it's a boy, and Lady if it's a girl. Unfortunately, no prince or princess titles for Meghan's little bundle of joy.

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However, the Sussex baby will be seventh in line for the throne, right behind his/her father, Prince Harry.

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