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Duchess Meghan is still an all-American girl, through and through — literally. Even though she’s been living in the U.K. for a couple of years, her British citizenship is still on hold. Hmm, guess being a royal doesn’t always have its perks.

It was shortly after Prince Harry popped the question to Meghan in November 2017 that she filled out the paperwork and applied to become a British citizen but spouses must be in the U.K. for three years before being granted citizenship. At the time, Kensington Palace said at she would be treated like every other applicant and get no special treatment with Harry’s communication secretary saying that Meghan would be “compliant with immigration requirements at all times.”

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“Meghan is not yet a British citizen,” a friend of the Duchess’ confirmed to the Daily Mail. “It might seem extraordinary, given that she’s been married to the Queen’s grandson for 18 months, but she accepts that it’s a slow process.” In fact, a Palace spokesperson just informed the Mail , “The process takes several years,” so if Meghan applied as a spouse of a British citizen she could be waiting a while still considering she didn’t officially become Harry’s wife until May 2018. The Mail reports that a newcomer to the U.K., applying on the grounds of being a spouse, must prove their relationship is real, even providing evidence like “emails, phone conversations, holiday photos and flight tickets.” How about all the pics of Meg looking at Harry with that dreamy look of adoration? Or perhaps their very public Royal Wedding?

 

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But once the three years pass, Meghan will still have to take a test, answering questions on life in the U.K. She’ll also have to prove her “knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic” and be of good character. Think it’s safe to surmise that Archie’s mom’s character is extraordinary. Let’s just say if Meghan needed any character witnesses, the lineup would likely be long outside the palace walls.

And in case you were wondering, the application process to becoming a U.K. citizen costs £1,330. We’re guessing the Duchess is good for it.

 

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