The Real Reason Prince Harry Isn't Applying For A Green Card

Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ensconced in their new Los Angeles home with baby Archie, a lot of people are wondering if the royal will take steps to become an American citizen. While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer senior royals, it doesn't appear that Prince Harry is ready to become an American just yet.


"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 E! News.

Prince Harry would have to give up his titles to become an American citizen

According to The Sunday Times (via E! News), if the prince applied for U.S. citizenship, he would have to renounce his titles, which seems like a pretty good reason to hold on to his British citizen for now. After all, he and Markle just stepped back from the royal family, and it's possible that they may want to return to the U.K. Prince Harry did previously announce that the couple have every intention of keeping baby Archie in touch with his British roots and that they will continue to spend time in the U.K. "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," said Prince Harry in a statement (via BBC).


While Markle, of course, has American citizenship which would extend to her son, it's unclear as of now if Prince Harry entered the country under a 90-day visa waiver program or if he's staying in the U.S. under a diplomatic or special visa. The Sunday Times noted that Prince Harry's high net worth may qualify him for a visa that is available to entrepreneurs. He also may be eligible for an O-1 visa, available to "individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement."