Prince Harry's U.S. Citizenship: Royal Titles at Stake?

Exploring the Intersection of Royalty and Citizenship in America

by Zain ul Abedin
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Prince Harry's U.S. Citizenship: Royal Titles at Stake?
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In a recent interview with 'Good Morning America', Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has sparked intrigue and discussion by hinting at the possibility of acquiring U.S. citizenship. Residing in California since 2020 with his wife, Meghan Markle, following their decision to step back from active royal duties, Prince Harry’s contemplation of this significant change raises questions about its implications for his royal status.

Speaking with Will Reeve of 'Good Morning America' at the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025's "One Year to Go" event in Canada, the 39-year-old Duke expressed his thoughts on life in the United States and the idea of becoming a citizen.

Despite enjoying his American experience, he maintains that he doesn’t quite feel American yet, indicating a complex relationship with his newfound home. The potential transition to U.S. citizenship, however, is not without its complications, particularly regarding Prince Harry's royal titles.

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services' policy manual outlines that individuals with hereditary titles or positions of nobility must renounce these as a show of commitment to the U.S. Constitution. This involves a public ceremony and an explicit renunciation during the Oath of Allegiance.

Such a requirement could lead to Prince Harry forfeiting his royal titles if he decides to pursue American citizenship.

Royal Titles and U.S. Law

The matter is further complicated by legal perspectives. Alphonse Provinziano of U.S.

law firm Provinziano & Associates shared with Newsweek his views on the potential legal challenges to this requirement, particularly under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Provinziano argues that this law treats individuals with foreign titles differently, opening it up to constitutional scrutiny.

This issue also extends to Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and their children. The couple's young children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, born in the U.K. and the U.S. respectively, assumed their royal titles after King Charles ascended the throne.

Their royal status, alongside Meghan's title acquired through marriage, raises questions about their future titles should the family fully embrace U.S. citizenship. While Meghan previously embarked on the process of becoming a U.K.

citizen after her engagement to Prince Harry, she revealed on her Archetypes podcast the challenges of the U.K. citizenship exam, a process she did not complete. This personal anecdote further underscores the complexities and challenges faced by the Sussex family as they navigate their unique position at the crossroads of royalty and citizenship in a different country.

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