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Meghan’s plans for British citizenship in jeopardy

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The Duchess of Sussex’s application for British citizenship could be thrown into jeopardy if a report in The Sun is to be trusted.

According to the newspaper, the Duke & Duchess of Sussex are considering to spending much of next year in the United States.

The couple is said to be looking at the state of California as a potential “second base.”

These reports are unconfirmed, and indeed the media has been incorrect with recent speculation that Their Royal Highnesses would be moving to Africa.

However, if the reports are indeed accurate, the move may hold up Meghan’s plans to be granted British citizenship.

The Duchess is currently living in the United Kingdom on a family visa which has to be renewed every two and a half years. To be eligible for a permanent visa and British citizenship, she has to wait five years.

However, immigration laws state that Meghan can only apply for citizenship if she has spent less than 270 days outside of the United Kingdom in the last three years.

With the amount of work Meghan has undertaken over the past year in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Meghan has already spent a lot of time overseas.

Any relocation abroad would further set the Duchess back in her desire for British citizenship.

The news comes just a week after The Sunday Times revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to take a six-week break from royal duties, starting next month.

According to the paper Harry & Meghan are planning to have some “family time” alone with Archie.

The Sussex family will split their time during their royal hiatus in both the UK and US, with Archie expected to spend his first Thanksgiving in Los Angeles with his grandmother, Doria Ragland.

Speaking to The Times, a royal source said: “The Duke and Duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much needed family time.”

It is expected they will be back in the UK for Christmas to spend time with The Queen at Sandringham.