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Will Meghan and Harry's royal baby have dual citizenship?

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby will make history as the first Anglo-American to be born into the British Royal Family.

While it’s not been confirmed where Los Angeles-born Meghan will give birth, she and Harry could still apply for their child to have dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship.

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After the announcement of their engagement in November 2017, senior adviser to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Jason Knauf told the BBC that Meghan “intends to become a U.K. citizen and will go through the process of that, which some of you may know takes a number of years.”

He said that she would be “compliant with immigration requirements at all times.”

It’s not known whether Meghan will retain dual nationality or if she will renounce her U.S. citizenship.

As Meghan will still be an American citizen when she gives birth, she could make a claim for dual citizenship for her child.

According to the American embassy in the U.K., a child born outside of the United States and in wedlock to a U.S. citizen parent and a non-U.S. citizen may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth, as long as the American parent has lived in the U.S. for a period of five years — two of which have to be after the age of 14.

Peter and Autumn Phillips’ daughters Savannah, 8, and Isla, 6, are the first children in history to be included in the British order of succession while also holding dual Canadian citizenship. Savannah’s currently fifteenth in line to the throne while Isla’s just behind her in sixteenth place.

Harry and Meghan’s child will be seventh in line to the throne when he or she is born. The couple is expected to move to their new home Frogmore Cottage in Windsor ahead of the birth.

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