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Traditionally, citizenship isn't much of a question for babies in the royal family—one of the perks of being related to the Queen is that British citizenship is typically assured. But the Sussex family aren't exactly prone to sticking to tradition, so perhaps it's only natural that when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child even something as basic as citizenship isn't entirely straightforward.
Part of the confusion stems from Harry and Meghan's marriage of mixed citizenship; Harry, of course, being British, and Meghan an American. While it was announced back in 2018 when they married that Meghan intended to become a British citizen, the process can take several years to complete. In the interim, of course, the couple have chosen to step back from their positions as working members of the royal family and have moved to Los Angeles, throwing into question the status of Meghan's change of citizenship or whether she still intends to see the change through. For the time being, it appears that Meghan remains an American citizen (she voted in the 2020 presidential election, likely making her the first member of the British royal family to do so) and so too would be her children.
Harry, on the other hand, remains a British citizen—back in 2020 when they first made their move to the U.S., sources told the Times that the Prince did not intend to apply for a green card or dual citizenship. Given that British citizenship can be passed down one generation under British law, any child of Harry's would therefore be eligible to qualify as British citizens.
The couple's first child, Archie, was born in the U.K. on May 6, 2019, carries dual-citizenship, and barring some dramatic decisions on Harry or Meghan's parts to renounce their citizenships in the next few months before the baby arrives, it seems likely that their second chid will have equal claim as an American and a Brit as well.
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