Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, recently announced they were expecting their first child together. The royal baby, due next year, will join the Royal Family in Frogmore House, which the couple are currently renovating. However, as Meghan Markle is still a US citizen, the baby will have an American mother and a British father. Will the child have two passports with dual citizenship?
If the child is born in Britain, it will automatically be a British citizen, as Harry is British
As the royal baby will be born in the UK, the child will be a British citizen with one passport.
A lawyer told Huffington Post: “If the child is born in Britain, it will automatically be a British citizen, as Harry is British.”
However, the child could claim dual citizenship later in life and receive a US passport alongside their UK passport.
To claim citizenship of a country, the person must have citizenship through at least two generations, something the royal baby would have through their mother and grandmother.
However there are some concerns about being having dual citizenship.
Meghan Markle: Will the royal baby get two passports?
Meghan Markle: The royal is a US citizen so has a US passport
The UK government warns: “As a dual national you can’t get diplomatic help from the British government when you are in the other country where you hold citizenship.
“For example, if you hold both British and Chinese citizenship you can’t get diplomatic help from the UK when you’re in China.”
This could cause problems when on holiday in a foreign country when a problem occurs.
Meghan moved to the UK in 2017 and married Prince Harry, however this is not enough to become a UK citizen.
She would need to follow the correct procedure which includes test questions and a certain amount of income.
Meghan Markle: As the baby will be born in the UK, it will have a UK passport
It isn’t clear if Meghan is choosing to leave her US citizenship behind or become a dual citizen.
Many Britons are opting for dual citizenship ahead of Brexit when the UK leaves the EU next year.
Irish passport applications have surged in recent months, up 83 per cent with 158,000 British applications this year.
However, to be eligible, the holder must have parents or grandparents born in Ireland, or be about in Ireland themselves.
Britons can also get an EU passport if applying for EU citizenship, with each country having different criteria.