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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could put US dream on hold amid COVID-19 citizenship issues

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Prince Harry will not apply for a green card or US citizenship in the foreseeable future, according to a royal source. Despite the fact his status as the husband of Meghan Markle, a US citizen, would help him to receive a permanent residence, the Sussexes’ plans to launch themselves in America are thought to be on hold due to the coronavirus.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal life back in March after completing their final royal engagement in the UK.

The couple left their former base in Canada to fly to Los Angeles with their son Archie, who recently celebrated his first birthday.

Harry and Meghan are currently spending lockdown in LA, one of the American states most affected by the virus.

The move from Canada raised new questions about Harry’s immigrant status, not least because of the frosty welcome he received from President Donald Trump.

Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry will not apply for a green card or US citizenship in the foreseeable future, according (Image: GETTY)

Harry and Meghan

The Sussexes’ plans to launch themselves in America are still thought to be on hold due to the coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle previously described the president as “misogynistic” and “divisive”.

Moreover, Harry soon fell victim to Russian pranksters, who tricked him into accusing Trump of having “blood on his hands” over his environmental policies.

Their arrival in Los Angeles also raised questions over who would pay for their security.

Mr Trump responded in a tweet: “I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom.

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Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal life back in March after completing their final royal engagement in the UK (Image: GETTY)

“It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada.

“Now they have left Canada for the US however, the US will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”

Now, Prince Harry’s citizenship hangs in the balance.

A royal source told the Times: “The duke has not made an application for dual citizenship and I don’t think he will apply for a green card at any point.”

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Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal life back in March after completing their final royal engagement in the UK (Image: GETTY)

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan are currently spending lockdown in LA, one of the American states most affected by the virus (Image: GETTY)

An application for US citizenship would require Harry to renounce his titles and would also expose him to US taxation on his earnings worldwide.

Moreover, is not yet known whether Harry entered America under the 90-day visa waiver programme available to most Britons or whether he has a diplomatic or other special visa.

Tourist visas forbid visitors from working.

Harry has previously been estimated to be worth £30m, although any investments are likely to have been battered by the worldwide economic crisis.

Royal residences UK

Royal residences UK (Image: EXPRESS)

There has been a collapse in share prices across the globe over the past few months.

Nonetheless, his wealth may qualify him for visas available to entrepreneurs willing to invest in America, with another option being the O-1 visa for “individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement”.

The couple are said to have chosen to move to Los Angeles for security reasons and amid concerns over coronavirus and an announcement that the US planned to shut its border to all but essential travel.

Their concerns about Covid-19 grew when they learnt of the infection of their friend Sophie Trudeau, the wife of Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, who has since recovered.

Prince William and Prince Harry

Harry fell victim to Russian pranksters, who tricked him into accusing Trump of having ‘blood on his hands’ over his environmental policies (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, Harry has been forced to delay important events in the UK.

The Prince’s leading sports foundation the Invictus Games have had to delay the 2022 event, which was due to take place in Düsseldorf.

In March the Duke announced the the games that were due to take place at The Hague this year were to be rescheduled to next year because of the pandemic.

The 2022 event will also be postponed by a year, the organisers have announced on Twitter.

Dominic Reid, CEO of The Invictus Games Foundation, said: ““Moving the Invictus Games Düsseldorf to 2023 allows the competitors and their team managers time to plan their recovering pathways following the move of The Invictus Game The Hague next year.

“It’s extremely complex to be planning not one, but two multi-national sporting events in the middle of a pandemic, and the Invictus Games Foundation is grateful to the Organising Committee in Germany for their flexibility and hard work in responding to the challenges.”



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