Prince Harry told ‘clock running out’ to address immigration status – ‘Must deal with it’


PRINCE HARRY has been told the “clock is running out” to address his US immigration status, with a deadline approaching in the summer.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family in a bombshell statement last January. Harry has since moved to California with Meghan Markle and their son, Archie.

But David Lesperance, who advises wealthy individuals, warned Harry the clock is “running out” if he is to sort his US immigration status.

Mr Lesperance told Sky News: “There has been some relief given by the IRS for people who are effectively trapped in the US (because of Covid), but it is something that I’m sure, I hope that her and his advisers have been turning their mind to over this past year, and certainly something that he needs to deal with before the clock kind of runs out, which will be later this summer.”

In March, it will be 12 months since they left the UK and the Queen was expected to hold a review into the so-called Megxit deal – struck between the pair and the Royal Family during their departure.

But Prince Harry has been forced to cancel the plans as a mutant strain of coronavirus ravages the UK.

Prince Harry told ‘clock running out’ to address immigration status

Prince Harry told ‘clock running out’ to address immigration status (Image: Getty)

Harry and Meghan moved to California

Harry and Meghan moved to California (Image: Getty)

Meghan’s former PR agent, Nick Ede, outlined what the couple needs to do to cement the Sussex brand after they signed deals with Spotify and Netflix.

He said: “They’re becoming a global entity.

“They’ve got the podcast, they’ve got the Netflix deal, they’ve had the warts-and-all autobiography, and it has been a very interesting journey to watch.

“I feel like Meghan and Harry at the moment are almost clutching at straws at what [their brand is] – is it politics, is it women’s rights?

Meghan, Harry, William and Kate

Meghan, Harry, William and Kate (Image: Getty)

“You have to remember that two years ago Meghan was a Hollywood actress in a B-soap and Harry was a member of the Royal Family, who do great things.

“He’s not a political activist… and she’s not a human rights activist.

“So, I believe to get authenticity you have to earn your stripes, so hopefully they’re going to be doing that before they do too much more.”

Last year, top LA tax lawyer, David Holtz, claimed Harry could face a huge tax bill if he reached 183 days in the US.

British Royal Family tree

British Royal Family tree (Image: Express)

Mr Holtz said: “You can safely assume that someone at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is looking very closely at him.

“This is a big deal.”

The expert claimed Harry faced paying both US federal and Californian state taxes under “substantial presence test”.

Mr Holtz said: “If Harry’s been in the US for 183 days straight then he’s done.

Meghan and Harry married in 2018

Meghan and Harry married in 2018 (Image: Getty)

“But it is safe to assume they have had lawyers and tax experts grinding away on this issue for months.”

This requires any foreigner who spends 183 days in the country during a three-year period to pay US taxes on worldwide earnings.

Another tax expert said: “Harry’s bill could be monumental and could open up a can of worms for the Royal Family because the IRS will want to know all his sources of income.

“That’s not just his Netflix deal, but any monies he might have received in gifts from Prince Charles and any trust funds, savings accounts or other assets he has in the UK.

“That means the Royal books will be open to scrutiny.

“The US taxman is far more zealous than his UK counterpart.”


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