On October 15, 2018, the royal family announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in spring 2019, so let's start talking about their children! More importantly, let's talk about the possibility that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children will one day be ruling the world. Due to Markle's US citizenship and the fact that Prince Harry is, well, Prince Harry, people have been wondering if one of their future children could become president of the United States, king or queen of England, or both. Yes, both!
While this was not the first time an American citizen married royalty (Princess Grace Kelly, y'all!), it was the first time a US citizen married into the British royal family. Of course, this incited several internet theories. Is this all a long game for England to take back the American Colonies? Will Queen Elizabeth II live forever? Could Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's child really become both president of the US and king or queen of England?
While highly unlikely, that last one is within the realm of possibility.
The union between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is groundbreaking because she's not your typical princess. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Markle is the first US citizen to marry into the British royal family. It's also notable that Markle has been married before. Markle was previously married to Trevor Engelson, a film producer, from 2011 to 2013. Markle is also biracial, making her the first Black woman to marry into the British royal family.
Before her engagement to Prince Harry, Markle was already well-known for her impressive acting career. For seven seasons, Markle portrayed Rachel Zane on Suits. She also made appearances in films such as Horrible Bosses, Get Him to the Greek, and Remember Me.
Technically, Meghan Markle is only kind of the first US citizen to marry into the British royal family. Wallis Simpson did so, but King Edward VIII had to step away from the royal family (and abdicate the throne) for them to remain married.
Simpson had been married and divorced twice before. Because of this, and the fact that she wasn't a UK citizen, there was much outcry when Edward VIII announced his intention to marry her. In December 1936, Edward VIII abdicated the throne. Their marriage is noteworthy because it's the reason the crown went to George VI, then Elizabeth II, putting Prince Harry and his children in line for the throne. Some credit Simpson with paving the way for an American woman like Markle to be openly accepted into the British royal family.
Simpson received the title of Duchess of Windsor, but her royal style was Your Grace instead of Your Royal Highness. On her wedding day, Markle was the first US-born woman to be given the Your Royal Highness title.
Being that her children with Prince Harry will be born into the royal family, Meghan Markle will likely give birth in England. Kate Middleton gave birth to her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis at St. Mary's Hospital in London.
But it's no ordinary hospital. Kate was admitted into the Lindo Wing, which offers hotel-style accommodations. A stay in the maternity suite comes complete with chef-prepared meals and teatime.
To become president of the United States, you must be a "natural born Citizen." But the meaning of this is not explicitly defined. Some have tried to narrow it as those born on United States soil. In this case, if your mother went into early labor while on a business trip to Canada, you would not be eligible to run for president. Yes, even if you spent your entire life in the United States.
Others have defined the rule as those who meet the requirements for US citizenship at birth. Due to Meghan Markle's US citizenship and her residence in the United States for the majority of her life, her child would be a US citizen even if born in England.
While they could face some backlash during a future presidential campaign, being born a US citizen outside the US didn't stop George Romney, Barry Goldwater, or John McCain from running for president.