She may be the Duchess of Sussex, but Meghan Markle has not yet been accepted for British citizenship, and Megxit can prevent her from obtaining it, according to a report on Thursday.
The “Suits” star began the process to obtain a British passport shortly after her royal wedding in May 2018 with Prince Harry, the sixth in line to the throne, according to The Times of London.
He was granted his title of Duchess of Sussex, and a year later he gave birth to a royal baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, but he still could not skip the normal citizenship process, according to the report.
The most important thing is that your request depends on spending most of your time in the United Kingdom, completely at odds with your widely informed plans to omit mainly Britain and, instead, settle in Canada and then in Los Angeles.
“She can quickly find herself in trouble calculating her allowed absences in the United Kingdom,” said an article in the Free Movement, a website created by immigration lawyer Colin Yeo.
Buckingham Palace has always emphasized that it will not receive preferential treatment in the process, which requires that it has lived in the United Kingdom for five years before submitting an official application, the UK Times said.
Once you submit the application, the rules state that you must not have been out of the country for more than 270 days in the last three years, or 90 days in the previous month.
“She’s going to be at the top end of that,” immigration lawyer Philip Trott told the newspaper. “There is nothing wrong with being outside, as long as you spend most of your time here.”
“The advice we normally give to clients is that most of their time means six months and one day each year,” he said, much more than the reports suggest the Duchess wants to spend at Blighty.
One solution would be if Harry obtained a diplomatic role abroad, such as the governor general of Canada, who would make all his time abroad count the same as being in Britain. However, it is unlikely to fit your established goals for greater independence.
Either way, the Duchess spokeswoman insisted in the newspaper: “There is no change in the fact that she is following the path to British citizenship.”