MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first baby in the spring of 2019. But with an American mother, could the royal baby theoretically become President of the US?
The Duke and Duchess announced they are expecting a baby in the spring of 2019 on October 15. But since Prince Harry and American-born Meghan’s relationship went public, royal fans have been pondering the future of the couple’s unborn child. In 2017 a Twitter user asked: “If the royal has children with the American actress, what would their citizenship be? And, following this train of thought to its inevitable conclusion, would it be possible for their kid to be both a U.S. President and in line for the throne?”
Could the royal baby theoretically become President of the US?
The Duke And Duchess of Sussex’ child would be able to run for US President and be in line for the British throne at the same time if he or she chose to be a dual citizen in the future and have both an American and British passport.
Currently, there’s no disclosure requirement in US law regarding dual citizenship when running for office, and nothing specific in conflict of interest rules when running for office as a dual citizen.
A lawyer told Huffington Post: “If the child is born in Britain, it will automatically be a British citizen, as Harry is British.”
But although born completely British, Baby Sussex will have the right to claim a dual citizenship when he or she reaches the age of majority.
According to the US Department of State “a person born abroad in wedlock to a US citizen and an alien acquires US citizenship at birth under section 301(cbri) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), if one of the parents has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions prior to the person’s birth.”
The law requires that the American parent has lived in the US for at least five years, where two years must be after the age of 14.
Meghan, who was born and raised in California, US, and only left North America after she got engaged to Prince Harry means the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child is entitled to apply for an American citizenship.
However, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace confirmed to CNN that Meghan will, in fact, become a British citizen.
But this is a process expected to take several years, so when the Duchess gives birth in the spring of 2019 she is almost certain to still be considered an American citizen.
Meghan could choose to renounce her US citizenship after she becomes a British citizen, but she doesn’t have to.
Royal expert Marlene Koenig told Town & Country: “If she remains a US national, her children will have dual nationality just like Madeleine of Sweden’s children.”
However, Ms Koenig points out the reason Meghan and her child could renounce American citizenship to avoid paying double taxes.
She explained: ”I would expect that when they reach adulthood, they would go through the process of renouncing.
“People do it all the time, many for tax purposes.
“The US may be the only country that taxes the income of citizens who live outside the country.
“Meghan may have investments that will earn income—and even abroad, she will have to pay US income tax.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK