Earlier this month, we received one great piece of news- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their second child! With older brother Archie turning 2 in May, this the perfect time to welcome a new life into the family. The good news also comes after one turbulent year for the ex-royals, who had to face the breakaway from the royal family, and the difficulties that came with it.
Meghan Markle had also found herself amidst a court battle against the Associated Press News due to a breach of privacy. Another heartbreaking moment was the miscarriage that had brought them “almost unbearable grief”, news of which broke right after they had settled into their new California home.
More on the Pregnancy
Harry and Meghan’s spokesperson revealed the good news to CNN on Valentine’s Day this month. The couple couldn’t have chosen a more iconic day- the day of love- to reveal the big announcement to the world. What makes it even more special is that Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced that they were expecting Prince Harry, their second son, on the same day 37 years ago! Isn’t that just precious?
Sources close to the couple reveal that they are overjoyed by the news and eagerly await to welcome this new blessing into their lives. The pregnancy announcement photo speaks volumes itself.
British or American Citizenship
Amidst the couple’s move to California, where the baby is most likely to be born, questions have started arising as to what nationality the baby will have. To cut it short, the baby will have both nationalities.
Here’s why- since Prince Harry, born and raised in the British Royal House is a U.K. citizen, and Meghan Markle, born and raised in LA, is an American citizen, the baby can acquire dual-nationality from both the US and the UK.
Additionally, UK law provides that British citizenship is automatically applied when one or both parents hold the nationality, regardless of birth outside of the UK borders. However, offsprings of such nationals born outside territorial bounds will have to apply for citizenship if born outside the country.
What About Meghan Markle?
When marrying the Prince, the British Palace revealed that the former actress had plans to apply for a British nationality- one that has not gained traction in the last 3 years. The move to California puts additional breaks on these plans.
Markle’s participation in the US elections and the lack of comment on the subject suggest that she is no longer seeking dual nationality.
To that we say, only time will reveal its true intentions.