A REAL American Princess: Meghan will still be a US citizen when she marries Harry after starting the three-year process to become a fully-fledged Briton

  • Miss Markle intends to become a UK citizen, Kensington Palace has revealed
  • Not clear if actress will retain her US citizenship and become a dual national
  • Having a British spouse does not entitle an individual to automatic citizenship

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May because it is a place 'close to the couple's hearts'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May because it is a place 'close to the couple's hearts'

Meghan Markle will still be a US citizen when she marries Prince Harry as she embarks on the three-year process to becoming a fully-fledged Briton.

Miss Markle, 36, who comes from Los Angeles, will go through the lengthy application process just like a normal citizen, despite plans to marry Harry, 33, in May at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.?

Royal Sources are keen for the application process to be done 'properly and officially', meaning that the Suits star will not be able to cut corners.

Harry's communication's secretary Jason Knauf said Ms Markle, who has relocated to London from her home in Toronto, would be 'compliant with immigration requirements at all times'.

He added: 'I can also say she intends to become a UK citizen and will go through the process of that, which some of you may know takes a number of years.

'She will retain her US citizenship through that process.'

Mr Knauf would not comment on whether Ms Markle would retain her US citizenship and become a dual national in the future.

Having a British spouse does not entitle an individual to automatic citizenship.

But those who are married to or the civil partner of a British citizen can apply for citizenship if they are 18 or over, of sound mind and without a serious or recent criminal record, according to Home Office guidance.

Applicants must also prove they have a good knowledge of English and life in the UK, with most required to sit a test costing £50 which covers British values, traditions, history and everyday life.

They will also need to have been granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK - which requires an individual to have lived in the UK with their partner for several years - and meet other residency requirements.?

Meghan Markle made her name playing Rachel Zane on the popular US legal drama, Suits

Meghan Markle made her name playing Rachel Zane on the popular US legal drama, Suits

Miss Markle, alongside co-star?Patrick J. Adams who plays Mike Ross,has given up her role on suits to live with Prince Harry

Miss Markle, alongside co-star?Patrick J. Adams who plays Mike Ross,has given up her role on suits to live with Prince Harry

But while Miss Markle prepares for her new life in Britain, her full US citizenship is not the only thing she is being forced to give up.

The actress made her name is US legal drama Suits, to move to London and live with her Prince Charming.

Miss Markle starred as paralegal Rachel Zane in seven series of the popular show from 2011, before she quit last month.

While set in New York, Suits was filmed in Toronto and it is believed Miss Markle was finding it hard to juggle her relationship with Harry and her demanding schedule on the show.

Like her fiance, Miss Markle is devoted to her charity work and is a patron of organisations including World Vision Canada and One Young World.

Miss Markle with her?two rescue dogs - a beagle, Guy, and Labrador-shepherd cross, Bogart

Miss Markle with her?two rescue dogs - a beagle, Guy, and Labrador-shepherd cross, Bogart

Miss Markle's posted this picture on Instagram of her two dogs, Guy and Bogart, at her home in Toronto, Canada

Miss Markle's posted this picture on Instagram of her two dogs, Guy and Bogart, at her home in Toronto, Canada

She has also performed work focusing on gender for the United Nations.

However, a spokesman for Kensington Palace confirmed that Miss Markle would?not be continuing her work with the UN or with other organisations, but instead will starting her charity work as a full-time royal afresh.?

The actress' move to London also saw her leave a friend behind, her beloved dog Bogart.

Miss Markle has?two rescue dogs - a beagle, Guy, and Labrador-shepherd cross, Bogart - who she would keep in touch with via FaceTime during her long stints away.

Kensington Palace confirmed Guy has come to the UK and has legal permission to stay here, but Bogart has been left behind.??

The Prince's communication secretary Jason Knauf said: 'Bogart is now living with friends.'

The Palace refused to speculate as to why Bogart was not brought to the UK and added the decision 'would have lots of complexity to it' while confirming Miss Markle remains 'fond of her dogs'.

The questions Meghan will have to pass to become a UK citizen including LOTS about Harry's ancestors

?Meghan Markle will likely have to take a UK Citizenship Test before becoming a fully-fledged Briton.

The LA native will go through the lengthy application process just like a normal person, despite plans to marry Harry in May at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

For the average person, the application includes a Life in the UK test, then waiting four weeks for a confirmation letter to see if he or she has passed.

Here, MailOnline reveals 15 questions that people often use to practice ahead of taking the 24-question exam. Answers are at the bottom of the article.

The test, which costs £50, includes questions about UK politics, history and culture, and applicants have 45 minutes to answer.?

An Official Guide for New Residents handbook, recommended by the Government and titled Life in the United Kingdom costs £12.99.

Practice questions ask applicants about current TV shows such at EastEnders and Coronation Street, as well as older cultural hits like Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales.

Featured heavily are questions about the Royals, which might give Miss Markle an advantage, as she's marrying one.?

Questions ask if Queen Elizabeth I had 'good relations with Parliament' and if she was related to Mary, Queen of Scots.

Others ask who built the Tower of London and what Henry VIII was famous for.?

For an average person applying, the government recommends: 'A decision about your application will usually be made within 6 months - some applications can take longer.'

It adds: 'You should also contact UK Visas and Immigration if your situation changes (eg, you move house, get married or are arrested) during your application.'?

ANSWERS TO THE LIFE IN THE UK PRACTICE TEST?

Question 1:?In 1999, what happened to hereditary peers in the House of Lords?

Answer: D) They lost their automatic right to attend the House of Lords.

Question 2:?Which TWO are English Civil War Battles?

Answer:?B) Marston Moor, and D. Naseby

Question 3:?How are local councils funded?

Answer: C) From central government and local taxes

Question 4:?Which Scottish king defeated the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314?

Answer: B) Robert the Bruce

Question 5:?What important event happened in England in 1066?

Answer: C) The Norman invasion

Question 6:?Which TWO of the following do you have to pay tax on?

Answer:?A) Profits from self-employment, and B) Income from property, savings and dividends

Question 7:?Which TWO are plays by William Shakespeare?

Answer:?A) A Midsummer Night's Dream, and C) Romeo and Juliet

Question 8:?When is a by-election for a parliamentary seat held?

Answer: C) When a member of Parliament (MP) dies or resigns

Question 9:?Which TWO are examples of civil law?

Answer:?A) Disputes between landlords and tenants, and C) Discrimination in the workplace

Question 10:?For which TWO reasons is Henry VIII remembered?

Answer:?A) Married six times, and C) Broke away from the Church of Rome

Question 11: Which statement about Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I is correct??

Answer: B)?Mary, Queen of Scots was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth I.

Question 12:?Which statement about 'The Divine Right of Kings' is correct?

Answer: B)?‘The Divine Right of Kings’ meant that the king was appointed by God.

Question 13:?Which statement about Elizabeth I's handling of Parliament is correct?

Answer: B)?Elizabeth I had very good relations with Parliament.

Question 14:?Who built the Tower of London??

Answer: C)?William the Conqueror

Question 15:?Which statement about King Charles II is correct?

Answer: ?A)?Charles, king of Scotland, was restored as King Charles II of England in 1660.

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