Meghan admits to struggling with British Citizenship test — ‘so hard’

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During the latest episode of her Spotify podcast, Meghan Markle sat down with American actress and writer Pamela Adlon. The pair discussed Pamela’s comedy-drama series ‘Better Things’ which follows a single mother and working actor trying to raise her three daughters in Los Angeles, while also looking out for her mother, an English expatriate who lives across the road. It is largely based on the writer’s life off-screen, and, as Pamela put it, “the English people thing,” is something she and Meghan have “in common”. 

The two women went on to discuss getting UK citizenship, with the Duchess revealing that she struggled with studying for the test. 

She said: “That citizenship exam is so hard! I was studying for it and I remember going: ‘Oh my goodness,’ I would ask my husband: ‘Did you know this? Did you know this?’ And he’d be like: ‘Oh, I had no idea.’ 

Pamela teased: “I think they made it harder for you.” To which Meghan said: “You think?”

And Pamela joked: “Yeah, they were like: ‘We’re gonna really throw up walls on this one!’” 

The process of becoming a UK citizen is quite extensive; aside from the basic rules, such as being 18 years old and having no recent criminal record, a person must live in the UK. for at least five years and prove they haven’t spent more than 450 days outside the country.

All those applying for UK citizenship must take the test which could be any variation of the thousands of possible questions about British values, history, traditions and everyday life.

Since she and Prince Harry relinquished their royal roles in 2020, they have moved to America and the Telegraph reported last year that Meghan had “abandoned” her plans to push forward with British citizenship. 

According to gov.uk, in order to apply for citizenship as a spouse, Meghan would have had to live in the UK for three years. It is understood that the Duchess moved across the pond in November 2017, around the time she and Harry got engaged. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex relocated to the US in March 2020, meaning that Meghan only narrowly missed out on the three-year mark. 

In 2018, there were reports that Meghan planned to become a dual citizen of the UK and the US, but following their official exit from the Royal Family, those plans seemed to change. For the time being, it appears that the Duchess remains an American citizen. 

Her children, however, are understood to have dual citizenship; both Archie Harrison, who was born in London in 2019, and Lilibet Diana, who was born in Santa Barbara in 2021, are dual citizens of the UK and the US. 

Harry, on the other hand, remains a British citizen — back in 2020 when the Sussexes first made their move to North America, sources told The Times that the Prince did not intend to apply for a green card or dual citizenship. And given that British citizenship can be passed down one generation under British law, any child of Harry’s would therefore be eligible to qualify as a British citizen, allowing Lilibet to carry that status. 

Meghan shared an update on her two children during the latest episode of her Archetypes podcast. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex largely remain quiet on information about the lives of their two young children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one. But during the episode titled ‘Good Wife/Bad Wife, Good Mum/Bad Mum’, Meghan opened up about her parenting struggles and offered an update on her family life.

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She said: “Lili has just started walking – she’s a year and a couple of months old – and Archie is just over three years old, so I’m in the thick of it…

“The morning rush, I’m sure it’ll only get more chaotic as they get older, but for me it’s both monitors on for the kids to hear them, always up with Lili, get her downstairs…

“Then half an hour later Archie’s up, I start doing his lunchbox right before he’s up, then I’m getting her a little nibble, and my husband’s helping me get him downstairs.” 

But, despite the daily chaos, Meghan stressed that she still did her best to stick to routine tasks that she enjoyed doing. She revealed: “I make breakfast for all three of them, it’s very important to me, I love doing it. 

“It just to me feels like it’s the greatest way to start the morning, and then it’s like feed all of the dogs. It feels like a whirlwind.”

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