The hills are alive with the sound of royal baby news! Just five days after Princess Eugenie, welcomed her first child into the world, a son whose name has not been publicly shared yet, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they’re expecting baby number two.
Alongside an intimate black and white photo (full of symbolism) of the couple in their Californian back garden, the couple confirmed that their one-year-old, Archie, was set to become a big brother – but many are wondering whether or not the new addition to the Sussex family will be an American citizen.
In short: yes, but technically they’ll also be a British citizen too, because Harry is as British as they come (hello, dual passport life)! Unless Meghan and Harry have a drastic change of heart about their living arrangements, which is unlikely given that they’ve purchased a first home together in Montecito and have started laying down serious roots in the US, the baby will be born somewhere in LA – meaning they’re automatically granted American citizenship.
Ditto, the child will be automatically given a British citizenship on account of Prince Harry’s heritage. The UK government website explains: “British citizenship is normally automatically passed down one generation to children born outside the UK”.
Archie’s new sibling won’t be the first royal to be born in America either. Lord Frederick Windsor, the Duke of Sussex’s distant cousin, and his wife Lady Frederick Windsor (also known as Sophie Winkleman – yes, the actress who played Big Suze in Peep Show), welcomed their daughter, Maud Windsor, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles back in August 2013.
On that note, I just want to quickly hit you with two more fun facts before you resume the rest of your day: Maud’s full name is Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor (obsessed) and Sophie Winkleman is also Claudia Winkleman’s half-sister! Now that’s what we call a family tree and a half, people.
As for the more prominent and senior members of the royal family, Prince Philip is the most recent example of a family member being born abroad – he made his entrance into the world in Corfu, Greece, on 10 June 1921. (Yes, he’ll be 100 this summer!).
Here’s wishing Meghan and very happy and healthy pregnancy. We wonder if she and Harry will opt for a super American name for their dual citizen offspring too? Or pay homage to its dual citizenship with a unique double-barrel name? Here’s looking at you, Chad-Winston.
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