Harry and Meghan’s Baby Sussex can have dual U.S. and British citizenship | Daily News


 

Harry and Meghan’s Baby Sussex can have dual U.S. and British citizenship

The baby born on Monday to the United Kingdom's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have dual British and U.S. citizenship.

Baby Sussex, as he is being called since his name has not yet been released, is the first British-American baby born into the British royal family, according to CNN.

The child is automatically a British citizen based on Prince Harry's citizenship status and being born in the UK.

Assuming that Meghan hasn't voluntarily given up her U.S. citizenship, which she would not have to do in order to become a UK citizen, the baby could be granted U.S. citizenship based on her status.

However, U.S. tax implications might prevent the couple from seeking American citizenship for their new bundle of joy.

In order for a child who was born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent who is married to a non-US citizen, the citizen, who would be Meghan in this case, must have lived in the United States for at least five years, and two of those years must have been after the age of 14, according to the U.S. Department of State.

The birth of Baby Sussex must be reported to an American consulate in order for him to obtain U.S. citizenship.

U.S. law doesn't officially recognize dual citizenship, but it doesn't prohibit it either.

'A U.S. citizen may naturalize in a foreign state without any risk to his or her U.S. citizenship,' the Department of State website reads.

However, people who choose to relinquish U.S. citizenship may do so if they would like to.

'In order to relinquish U.S. nationality by virtue of naturalization as a citizen of a foreign state, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign nationality voluntarily and with the intention to relinquish U.S. nationality,' the site reads.

'Intent may be shown by the person’s statements and conduct.'

Baby Sussex's British citizenship will not be affected if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex choose to obtain U.S. citizenship for their child.

There are U.S. tax implications, however. The Internal Revenue Service website reads:

'If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, you must report income from all sources within and outside of the U.S.'

Baby Sussex was born weighing seven pounds, three ounces at 5.26am local time.

(Sources: DailyMail)


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