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Harry and Meghan’s baby will be the closest American to the throne.

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When the Duchess of Sussex gives birth to her and the Duke of Sussex’s first child in the spring of 2019, the child will be born with United States citizenship through Meghan. 


However, he or she will not be the first royal born with American citizenship.

Even though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child will be born on British soil, according to United States law and the State Department, he or she will be an American from birth. 

The law states that: “A child born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent and one alien parent acquires U.S. citizenship at birth under Section 301(g) of the INA”.

“It provided the U.S. citizen parent was physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for the time period required by the law applicable at the time of the child’s birth”.

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“For birth on or after November 14, 1986, a period of five years physical presence, two after the age of fourteen, is required. The U.S. citizen parent must be the genetic or the gestational parent and the legal parent of the child under local law at the time and place of the child’s birth to transmit U.S. citizenship”.

However, he or she will not be the first royal born with American citizenship.





When American Princess Grace, gave birth to her and Prince Rainier’s three children, in Monaco, they were each born with US citizenship through Grace.

However, Albert gave up his American citizenship at the age of 21. Dual citizenship is not uncharted waters for the British royal family. Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips is married to a Canadian, Autumn Phillips.

Together, they have two daughters, Savannah and Isla Phillips. They both are of dual Canadian/UK citizens. Savannah is 15th in line to the throne, while her little sister, Isla is 16th in line. As such, they are the first and closest Canadians in line to the British throne.

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Something like that will happen with the new royal baby.

In the case Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first born, he or she will be a dual US/UK citizen. That will be because of his or her birth on British soil and an American mother.

This means that the new royal baby will be the closest American in line to the British throne. The royal baby will rank seventh behind his or her grandfather, uncle, three cousins, and father.

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