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US News Meghan Markle's bid for UK citizenship could be scuppered by her and Prince Harry spending large amounts of time in Canada, immigration lawyers warn the royal pair

12:36  16 january  2020
12:36  16 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Meghan Markle's bid for UK citizenship could be scuppered by her and Prince Harry spending large amounts of time in Canada, immigration lawyers have warned the royals.

The Duchess of Sussex started the process of obtaining a British passport after marrying Harry in May, 2018, but there are rules over how much time she must spend in the UK.

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While waiting to be granted indefinite leave to remain – which normally takes five years – lawyers usually advise that clients spend most of their time in the country, that means more than six months.

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Philip Trott, an immigration lawyer and partner with Bates Wells, told The Times Meghan can apply when not in the country, 'there is no harm in being out, as long as you spend most of your time here,' he said.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry smiling for the camera: The Duchess of Sussex started the process of obtaining a British passport after marrying Harry in May, 2018 (pictured: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa) © Provided by Daily Mail The Duchess of Sussex started the process of obtaining a British passport after marrying Harry in May, 2018 (pictured: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa)

He added: 'The advice we normally give to clients is that most of your time means six months and one day every year.'

On Monday, the Queen confirmed that Meghan and Harry would have a 'period of transition' and spend time between the UK and Canada.

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It prompted Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tweet: 'You're among friends, and always welcome here.'

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But on this side of the Atlantic, when she applies for naturalisation Meghan must pass a further test which says in the last three years she shouldn't have spent more than 270 out of the country.

Taking the Sussexes phrase literally that they will 'balance our time' between the Britain and Canada, this would add up to 540 days over a three year period.

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However, Mr Trott told The Times that there is a 'general discretion' to allow for absences exceeding the 270 days.

He believes it would probably be waived in this case.

A spokeswoman for the duchess told the paper: 'There is no change in the fact that she is pursuing the path to British citizenship.'

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Jameela Jamil, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Andy Cohen posing for a photo: Sharing their two cents. Celebrities including Andy Cohen, Ava DuVernay and Mindy Kaling have responded to the news regarding Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s decision to “step back” from their senior roles in the British royal family. In a statement posted to Instagram, the couple revealed that they reached this conclusion on Wednesday, January 8, after “many months of reflection and internal discussions.” Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, said they will “continue to collaborate Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties” during this “transition” period. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” the statement read. “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.” The duo, who wed in May 2018, stated that this change will allow them to “raise our son [Archie] 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.”  		 		In the wake of Harry and Meghan’s statement, Buckingham Palace issued a response to the pair’s announcement.  The palace, which is headed by Queen Elizabeth II, said that “discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage.” It also regarded the transition and relocation as “complicated issues that will take time to work through.” Harry and Meghan have been slowly separating themselves from the royal family beginning with their six-week hiatus from royal duties in November 2019. They were absent from this year’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday traditions, choosing to spend that time separately with their 8-month-old son, Archie, and the Suits alum’s mother, Doria Ragland. Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, spoke exclusively to Us Weekly about his daughter and son-in-law’s choice. “I’ll just simply say I’m disappointed,” the 74-year-old said on Wednesday. In stepping back from their senior positions, Harry and Meghan will employ new protocols this year. “In 2020 Harry and Meghan will be changing how they work with the media, to ensure diverse and open access to their work,” Omid Scobie, royal editor for Harper’s Bazaar, tweeted on Wednesday. Among those changes include, engaging “with grassroots media organisations” and to “no longer participate in the Royal Rota system.” Scroll down below to see how the stars are reacting to Harry and Meghan’s next phase!

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Harry and Meghan wedding souvenirs no longer available on Royal Collection site .
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