IT’S been over a month since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
And now, one royal expert has claimed that new mum Meghan is keen to take her son to the States to spend more time with his grandma, Doria Ragland.
The 62-year-old was on-hand during the run-up to Meghan’s birth – as well as in the days following – but returned to her home in Los Angeles around a fortnight ago.
And while the royal parents are adjusting to life as a family of three, royal expert Juliet Ridden has claimed the 37-year-old will travel to the US “often” so Archie can spend time with Doria.
“I’m sure Baby Sussex will be going to America quite soon – this is normal in every other family, that the baby gets taken to the grandparents often,” she said, while speaking on podcast, The Windsors.
“I’m sure that will be the case for Baby Sussex.”
While there has been rumours that Doria could move to the UK, Juliet added that this is unlikely.
“I’m sure Doria will be a very hands-on grandma, I’m sure she will want to help a lot,” she explained.
“Whether she’ll be moving in is another matter. She’s got her own life – she lives in America, she’s got her own job – so it’s not like she can throw everything up in the air.”
Does baby Archie have dual citizenship?
- Archie is the first British-American baby born into the royal family and would be entitled to both a UK and US passport.
- This is because mum Meghan was born in Los Angeles and is still an American citizen.
- A source has claimed that while nothing has been decided, it’s “likely” that Meghan and Harry will apply for American citizenship on Archie’s behalf.
- According to the US Department of State website, for a child born outside the States to be granted citizenship, the American parent must have lived in the United States for at least five years, two of which must have been over the age of 14.
- Archie would not be the first royal to hold dual citizenship – Queen Elizabeth’s great grandchildren, Savannah and Isla Phillips – hold dual Canadian citizenship.
- Their mum, Autumn, retained her Canadian citizenship when she married Peter Phillips.
Last month, a separate source also claimed Meghan would like Archie to visit the States as soon as possible, to learn more about her side of the family.
“For Meghan, it’s just as important for Archie to learn about her family history as it is for him to learn about his royal ancestors,” an insider told US Weekly.
“She plans to go on a trip to LA with him once she’s comfortable taking him on a plane.”
Last year, royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were planning to make a journey to the States in Autumn 2019 with Archie.
However, Meghan and Harry have not yet announced any plans for a formal US trip, and in April Vanity Fair reported that the couple have now postponed the tour entirely as they’re “anxious” about travelling with their little one.
The source said: “As it stands, the Duchess of Sussex won’t be going away on an official overseas tour this year.
“That’s the word out of the Palace, although things might change. Right now we have been told that there won’t be any overseas travel before the end of the year because Baby Sussex will be too young.”
Fabulous Digital has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
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