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Major sacrifice Prince Harry would have to make to achieve US Citizenship

By Madhurima Haque|

Prince Harry has shared he has thoughts about obtaining American citizenship, shocking royal watchers.

The royal made California his home four years ago? after leaving the royal family with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in 2020.

In an interview with Good Morning America, the Duke of Sussex candidly said, ?"The American citizenship is a thought that has crossed my mind but is certainly not something that is a high priority for me right now."

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Prince Harry candidly admitted he thought about obtaining US citizenship. (ABC America)

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When asked ?why he hasn't gone through with the process, he simply said, "I have no idea".

Royal expert Russell Myers commented about the possibility and consequences ?of the royal gaining dual citizenship.

"Of course, he can have dual citizenship, but to be a US citizen, you have to renounce all princely titles, titles of nobility. And haven't they made such a big play about these titles?" he said on Today.

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Royal Expert Russell Myers says Prince Harry would have to renounce his title to gain US citizenship. (Today)

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, there is a policy titled "Renunciation of Title or Order of Nobility" that would require the Duke of Sussex to renounce his title before gaining American citizenship.

"Any applicant who has any titles of heredity or positions of nobility in any foreign state must renounce the title or the position," it said in the policy, listed under the "Oath of Allegiance" section.

"The applicant must expressly renounce the title in a public ceremony and USCIS must record the renunciation as part of the proceedings."

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"Failure to renounce the title of position" could be considered a "lack of attachment" to the US Constitution, the policy states.

Myers pointed out the ways the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have attempted to maintain ties with the royal family, including ?their children being known as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, as well as their royal rebrand featuring their royal crest?.

He says these moves are a way for Harry to? "see a way back for himself within the royal family, that he is willing to sort of make himself available whilst the king is sitting on the sidelines having his cancer treatment."

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