Prince Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet Diana are well settled in LA. For the latter three, this is an easy position, as they are U.S. citizens.
But for the British-born Prince Harry, however, it’s more complicated.
The Duke may still apply for a visa though. Prince Harry has a few choices he could seek if he and his family are wanting to settle in America for a long duration. Nevertheless, two paths he won’t take for sure, are permanent residency and citizenship. Not surprisingly—both of which he is eligible for, as a spouse of a U.S. citizen.
One of the main reasons is it would mean he’d have to abandon his royal life forever and any residual loyalties to the British throne. US citizens must renounce their loyalty, something Prince Harry may not be prepared to do.
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Prince Harry will obviously not take the oath of American citizenship, despite many speculations that he would apply for it. Speculations got even stronger following his recent move with Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison to Los Angeles.
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Still, there are other ways through which Harry could legally live and work in the States.
“Prince Harry is not applying for a Green Card or dual citizenship anytime soon, which will come as a surprise to many because that is what most people assumed he’d do on moving to the U.S,” a source told The Royal UK.
One possibility often floated is the O-1 visa—a path designed for “individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement”. As Parisa Karaahmet, a partner at immigration law firm Fragomen, recently told Town & Country, “It is quite common for individuals to apply for O-1 classification if they can show that they rise to a very high level of accomplishment in their fields.”
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Prince Harry would have to identify the field in which he’s excelled. This includes the likes of philanthropy, or something similar. He would also need to be sponsored by an organization that planned to work with him. “The drawback of the O-1 is it does have to be renewed regularly and it requires him to maintain that relationship.
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