Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child, and the unborn child has already made history in the royal family books.
The baby Sussex is the first child to be born as the first Anglo-American. Given the fact that Meghan Markle is an American, and Prince Harry British, the baby will have dual nationality. US rules say that even if the child is born outside of America, he is still American by law if one of the parents have American citizenship.
Regarding Meghan’s application for British citizenship, she made an application just before her wedding, but royal insiders shared with Times that Meghan will have to wait “for several years” before she officially becomes British.
Royal Historian Huge Vickers said: “I’m quite sure we haven’t had another British-American baby born into the royal family. But Meghan married an English prince so to all intents and purposes that baby will be British. For whatever reason, we don’t seem to pay much attention to the nationality of royal brides when it comes to their children. We just subsume them into the Royal Family.”
Another royal historian, Michael L Nash revealed You could travel to France and Belgium without papers until the First World War and until the 1948 Nationality Act, if you were British your wife became British too.”
Meghan is not the first American in the royal family. Wallis Simpson was an American divorcee who married Edward VIII in 1937. He abdicated the throne just so he could marry Simpson, and the two lived in France. They didn’t have children.