Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been in the US for seven months after their bombshell royal exit.
However, a royal author believes that Prince Harry may be forced to head back to the UK with or without Meghan Markle and their one-year-old son Archie due to his British citizen status.
Ingrid Seward of Majesty Magazine believes that it would be in the Duke of Sussex’s best interest to head back home to the UK, or he will be facing a massive tax bill in the US.
Speaking to the Daily Star Online, Seward said, “I was wondering actually whether Prince Harry would come over for Christmas. He might well do because if Meghan is going to pursue this court case, it would be a good idea to be here.”
The Duchess of Sussex has a scheduled trial for her case against the Associated Newspapers after suing them for publishing excerpts of the letters she wrote her dad in 2018.
“Prince Harry will also have to come back at some point, regardless of the case, because of his tax situation,” Seward added.
Since Prince Harry isn’t an American citizen, Seward believes he will be “clobbered” with a massive chunk of tax, which he surely wouldn’t want.
Another royal expert believes that if the Duke would be spending more than 183 days in the US, he would then be considered a resident of California and would be subject to tax.
David McLure told The Telegraph, “California is a high tax state and he’s likely to get a hit. I don’t think Harry and Meghan have totally thought through the financial consequences of their exit from the Royal Family.”
Christmas in the US?
It is still unknown of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be spending their Christmas in the US or the UK due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Several reports cited that the 36-year-old dad may be willing to spend Christmas with his “surrogate dad,” David Foster, and his wife, Katharine McPhee.
McPhee has been a long-time friend of the former Suits star, while the Duke has been friends with Foster.
Foster, a 70-year-old music producer, helped the Sussexes build their lives in the US.
If Prince Harry and Meghan were missing this year’s Christmas in the UK, this would mark their second time not celebrating the royal family’s festivities.
Commercializing the royal family
Meanwhile, Prince Harry has, reportedly, “put cash before royal duty” when he signed that deal with Netflix.
The Sun’s editor-in-chief Dan Wootton believes that the Duke has now sold his right to “commercializing the royal family and his mother.”
Though Wootton thinks it’s sad, he claimed that at the end of the day, “Prince Harry is his own man.”
“I think he has put duty to one side in exchange for cash, and it’s not something that I will personally celebrate,” Wootton said.
“Especially when you look at all of the good work he did do with the Invictus Games in the past,” he added.
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