The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have settled abroad in California after leaving the UK in March. They have established several career avenues in the US since their arrivals, amongst them a deal with Netflix and regular television appearances. Their path begs the question as to whether they would ever return to the UK, and whether the Duchess has citizenship thanks to her marriage to Prince Harry.
Does Meghan Markle have British citizenship?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit from the senior ranks of the Royal Family sparked outrage across the UK.
Their recent participation in US politics has several critics calling for Queen Elizabeth II to intervene or revoke their titles.
But while people may expect Prince Harry to abide by the family tradition of political neutrality, the US is the only place the Duchess can vote.
The Los Angeles native married Prince Harry back in 2018 but has not yet received British citizenship.
Although she is now granddaughter in law to the woman who provides it, it still takes some time for her to get it.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, a friend said: “Meghan is not yet a British citizen.
“It might seem extraordinary, given that she’s been married to the Queen’s grandson for 18 months, but she accepts that it’s a slow process.”
In fact, according to British law, it is unlikely the Duchess will ever get citizenship.
The Government website states spouses of someone from the UK “must have lived in the UK for the last three years.”
She allegedly moved to the UK back in 2017, and left in 2019, meaning she spent roughly two years here before leaving.
The rules also stipulate applicants must not have “spent more than 270 days outside the UK during the three years before your application.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex settled in the US in March this year, roughly 212 days ago.
If she truly wished to attain citizenship, she would only have another 58 days to do so.
But the couple has not made clear any intentions to return to the UK any time soon, as they have now established several potential career routes.
They recently signed a deal with Netflix, which would see them develop content for the platform based on their interests.
A source hinted their fist family home purchase in Santa Barbara would allow them to plant their roots abroad.
They told the Telegraph they sought to establish as “normal” a life as possible in the city.
The source added: “They have thought about this carefully and researched it well.
“This is the place where they plan to be happy, make good friends and bring up Archie, giving him the chance to play with other children his age.”