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Will Meghan and Harry's Baby Have American Citizenship?

The Complex Citizenship Rules For Meghan and Harry's Baby

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visits The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre on July 17, 2018 in London, England. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in a matter of weeks, and Baby Sussex will be the first child of a senior royal to have an American-born parent. Since Meghan is still an American citizen — and will be for the next few years — questions have popped up as to the child's citizenship status. There are actually a few options.

Like the US, the UK has birthright citizenship, so if the new royal baby is born in the UK, they will automatically hold British citizenship. However, it would be possible for the baby to hold dual citizenship, but it will depend on Meghan's citizenship status. The duchess is in the process of becoming a British citizen, but has not stated whether she intends to maintain dual American citizenship or not. If she does, that opens an avenue for her child to hold dual American citizenship as well, as the child of a US citizen married to a non-US citizen and living abroad.

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