THE Duchess of Sussex could be barred from visiting the US were she to become a full-time British citizen, new data suggests.
Meghan Markle, 37, currently holds dual US-British citizenship, as does her and Harry’s son, baby Archie.
But this might change in the unlikely event that the Duchess, 37, decided she wanted to renounce her American passport entirely.
The US government has begun to enforce provisions from legislation made in 1986 that allow the country to exclude tax “refugees”, the Telegraph reports.
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Figures released by the State Department show that a tiny number of former Americans have been barred from re-entering the US.
The laws target Americans who renounce their citizenship to stop paying US tax on earnings made overseas.
Alongside Eritrea, the US is one of only two countries in the world where citizens living abroad have to continue to pay tax.
Boris Johnson, who was born in New York, was one of 5,411 individual s to renounce their nationality in 2016.
The Tory leadership hopeful was made to pay substantial tax on the profit of the sale from his London home – despite not being taxed on it in the UK.
High-profile Americans who have renounced their nationality include John Dorrance III, the heir to the Campbell’s soup empire, who gave his up before selling his stake in the business.
However, it seems improbable that Meghan, who will want to retain strong ties to the US, would dream of giving up a footing in the country where she was born.
Yesterday she and Harry, 34, were seen happily chatting to Boston Red Sox players at a baseball game supporting the Invictus Games – one of a number of transatlantic initiatives they’re involved in.
According to the latest figures, 1019 people gave up their US nationality in the first quarter of 2019.
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They may be dodging a tax bullet – but will hit by a minimum £1,850 exit bill as well as barred entry to the US.
Only three people have so far been barred in practice as a result of the 1986 law, once in 2016 and again in 2018.
The Sun Online has approached Kensington Palace for a comment.
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