Meghan Markle says ‘process is slow’ as she’s still not British citizen after 2 year wait

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MEGHAN MARKLE, Duchess of Sussex, may be a member of the Royal Family but she receives no special treatment when it comes to immigration bureaucracy.

It was revealed this week the Duchess, who married Prince Harry in May 2018, has still not received her British citizenship. The royal, who is a US citizen, made her application up to two years ago and is still waiting for it to come through. A friend of the actress turned royal told the Daily Mail: “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.”

Before Harry and Meghan married, the Prince’s communication’s secretary, Jason Knauf, said Meghan would be “compliant with immigration requirements at all times”.

He added: “I can also say she intends to become a UK citizen and will go through the process of that, which some of you may know takes a number of years.”

Meghan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Meghan is still waiting for her British citizenship Image Getty Images
Meghan is still waiting for her British citizenship Image Getty Images

Meghan is still waiting for her British citizenship (Image Getty Images)

Meghan made the application two years ago
Meghan made the application two years ago (Image: Getty Images)

Meghan made the application two years ago (Image: Getty Images)

She moved to the UK when she and Harry got engaged in November 2017.

Meghan is currently in the UK on a family visa.

While Meghan still isn’t a British citizen, her son Archie Harrison is.

Being born in the UK mean’s the couple’s child is automatically a British citizen.

Meghan and HAary married in 2018
Meghan and Harry married in 2018 (Image: Getty Images)

Meghan and Harry married in 2018 (Image: Getty Images)

Meghan and Harry will be able to apply for dual citizenship for their son as Meghan was born and grew up in America.

As Meghan is still an American citizen, she is therefore required to pay tax in the US for any income earned or allowances she receives.

This taxable incomes includes items such as gifts, homes, earnings from her acting career, and even her clothes.

The delay also means Meghan won’t be able to vote in the December 12 general election.

Baby Archie is a British citizenship
Baby Archie is a British citizenship (Image: Getty Images)

Baby Archie is a British citizenship (Image: Getty Images)

Archie could get dual citizenship
Archie could get dual citizenship (Image: Getty Images)

Archie could get dual citizenship (Image: Getty Images)

Members of the Royal Family are allowed to cast a ballot, but by tradition choose not to do so.

A spokesman for the Duchess declined to comment if she would vote in the US Presidential election next year.

Earlier this week Meghan held a meeting with former Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.

The former US Presidential candidate and First Lady met Meghan and Harry at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.

Hillary Clinton met Meghan at Frogmore Cottage Image Getty Images
Hillary Clinton met Meghan at Frogmore Cottage Image Getty Images

Hillary Clinton met Meghan at Frogmore Cottage (Image Getty Images)

Mrs Clinton also managed to give baby Archie a cuddle during the visit.

A royal source said: “Both women have a lot of admiration for each other and it was a very sweet, warm meeting, they are mutual fan girls!”

Earlier this week, the former US secretary of state told the BBC that she felt sympathetic towards Meghan and her exposure to intense scrutiny.

Mrs Clinton said: “Oh my God, I want to hug her.

“I feel as a mother I just want to put my arms around her.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK