Meghan Markle Can No Longer Become a U.K. Citizen


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After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their plans to exit their official royal roles, some people tracking the story wondered if this move might affect Meghan’s application for U.K. citizenship.

At the time of Harry and Meghan’s wedding in the spring of 2018, a spokesperson for the duchess told CNN that Meghan was planning on becoming a dual citizen of the U.K. and the U.S. and that it was “too early to say” if she would retain that dual status. But now, The Telegraph reports that Meghan has “abandoned plans” to become a U.K. citizen.

Per the gov.uk website, Meghan would have had to live in the U.K. for a minimum of three years in order to apply for citizenship as a spouse or civil partner (in her case, spouse). As Us Weekly pointed out, Meghan moved out of the U.K. last year, before she reached the three-year mark. She moved to the U.K. in November 2017, so she would have had to have lived there until at least fall 2020.

Harry and Meghan now live in Montecito, California, where they have a new home with their son, Archie, who turns 2 years old in May.

A source close to the couple told Entertainment Tonight that Meghan and Harry have “no regrets” about their decision to move away from royal life. “[They] feel very rewarded from their work,” the source added, referring to the couple’s new foundation, Archewell.

“Despite everything that has been going on this year, they don’t regret their move to the U.S.,” a source told People. “They love that they are able to focus on projects and causes that are important to them.” A source close to the prince also revealed: “It was always their dream to be financially independent and pay their own way. [2020] started out with a lot of excitement and anticipation. Harry was finally doing what he’d wanted to do for years, and to have Meghan and [20-month-old son] Archie with him was all he could have asked for.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Want the Royal Family to Heal in 2021


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One year ago this week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they would be stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family. Since then, they’ve permanently moved to the Los Angeles area, where they have a home with their son, Archie, in Montecito.

The couple officially wrapped their royal duties in March, and because of the pandemic, they’ve stayed close to home. But a source told People that Meghan and Harry are “hoping 2021 can be a time of healing not just for the world, but for their family.”

There have long been rumors of a rift between Prince William and Harry, but in an interview with ELLE.com last week, Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers: William and Harry–The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, said there is hope for a reconciliation. He added that if the brothers’ mother, Princess Diana, were still alive, there might never have been a conflict between them at all.

“She would say ‘come on boys, it’s time to end this social distancing.’ No, I don’t think [the feud] would have happened if Diana had been alive. One of the tragedies of her death was that it deprived them [William and Harry] of their more active parent. There’s a sense in which William become too close to his mother as things started to go wrong; she lent on him and relied on him which, I think, robbed him to some degree of his youth and is one of the sources of [William’s] anger. I think her emphasis on getting the boys to speak their minds to each other and say what’s on their minds would have come into play.”

Last week, a source told Entertainment Tonight that Harry and Meghan have “no regrets” about their decision to move away from their royal roles and to their new home in the U.S.

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Regé-Jean Page Addresses the ‘James Bond’ Rumors


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Regé-Jean Page, the actor who plays the sexy Duke of Hastings, aka Simon Basset, in Netflix’s Bridgerton, has been the subject of recent rumors that he will be the next James Bond. When you’re a person with a British accent (or anyone, really), that’s a pretty high compliment to receive, even if it’s not true.

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday, Page addressed the reports. When Fallon said that the betting odds were “at 5 to 1” that the Bridgerton star would be filling Daniel Craig’s shoes, Page laughed.

“I think the internet thinks a lot of things, and that’s one of the more pleasant ones,” Page said with a smile. “So I can please as far as that goes. “I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here. Like if you’re a Brit, and you do something of any kind of renowned that people regard well, then people start saying the ‘B’ word. It’s like a merit badge, like the ‘B’ word merit badge.” But, he added: “I don’t think it’s more than that.”

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It doesn’t seem as if Page is going to be gracing the screen as Bond any time soon, but he has already impressed the world in his steamy role as the duke. He explained the show to Fallon as “Jane Austen meets Gossip Girl meets 35 shades of grey.”

In a December interview with InStyle, Page said he likes to be part of projects, such as his recents Bridgerton and Sylvie’s Love, that show Black people experiencing joy, especially in the context of historical fiction.

“What happens in culture often is, you go back in time and only white folks are happy,” he said. “And you know what? We’ve all known how to smile since the beginning of time. We’ve all gotten married since the beginning of time. We’ve all had romance, glamour, and splendor. Representing that is incredibly important, because period drama for people who aren’t white shouldn’t mean only spotlighting trauma.”

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