Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter likely have dual British and American citizenships

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Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter be British or American? Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor probably has dual citizenship like big brother Archie

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their new addition on Friday, June 4th
  • The child is likely to have dual UK and US citizenship because of his parents
  • Harry was born in the UK meaning his descendants are entitled to British citizenship; the same rule applies to Meghan who was born in the US

The new daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle probably has dual citizenship, just like big brother Archie.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their new addition on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m., with Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor weighing in at 7lbs 11oz.

Since Meghan, 39, is American and was born in California, her children are automatically entitled to US citizenship.

The same goes for Harry, who was born in the United Kingdom and is therefore a British citizen. Under British law, citizenship can be passed down one generation, so Harry’s children are eligible to inherit that status.

Since Meghan, 39, is American and was born in California, her children are automatically entitled to US citizenship.  The same goes for Harry, who was born in the UK and is therefore a British citizen

Since Meghan, 39, is American and was born in California, her children are automatically entitled to US citizenship. The same goes for Harry, who was born in the UK and is therefore a British citizen

Unlike his sister, Harry and Meghan’s son Archie, two, was born in the UK – at the Portland Hospital in London – but both children have dual British and American citizenships.

When the couple married in 2018, it was revealed that Meghan was planning to become a British citizen, but that could take several years.

It is believed that the Sussexes chose to resign as senior royals and move across the pond before the process was completed; it’s unclear if they’ll last now that they’ve settled in Montecito.

It appears that Meghan remains a US citizen; she voted in the presidential election last year – making her the first member of the British royal family to do so.

When the couple married in 2018, it was announced that Meghan was planning to become a British citizen, but it could take several years and it is unknown if they went through with the process after moving to the US (pictured with Archie)

When the couple married in 2018, it was announced that Meghan was planning to become a British citizen, but it could take several years and it is unknown if they went through with the process after moving to the US (pictured with Archie)

When Harry moved to the US last year, sources told the Times he had no plans to apply for a green card or dual citizenship “in the near future.”

If Harry were to apply for US citizenship, it would oblige him to relinquish his titles and expose him to US taxation on his worldwide income, according to the Immigration and Nationalization Act.

It is not known whether he has a diplomatic or other special visa; it is highly unlikely that he has a tourist visa as that would prohibit him from working.

His net worth – previously estimated at around £30 million – may qualify him for visas available to entrepreneurs looking to invest in America. Another option is the O-1 visa for “individuals of extraordinary ability or achievement.”

Unlike his sister, Harry and Meghan's son Archie, two, was born in the UK - at the Portland Hospital in London - but both children have dual British and American citizenships.

Unlike his sister, Harry and Meghan’s son Archie, two, was born in the UK – at the Portland Hospital in London – but both children have dual British and American citizenships.

To get an O-1 visa, Harry must be sponsored by an organization that plans to work with him and identify the areas in which he excels – most likely his philanthropic endeavors.

It is usually approved for three years and then renewed every year.

The children of Sussex are not the first royals to have dual citizenship. Peter Phillips’ estranged wife Autumn is Canadian and retained her citizenship when they married in 2008.

Their daughters Savannah and Isla have Canadian and British nationality.

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