The theory: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bundle of joy would be able to run for president of the United States and be in line for the British monarchy. Yep, it could happen. But of course, there are a couple (er, a lot) of caveats, so bear with us.
Markle, an American citizen (she was born in L.A.), is set to become a British citizen following her marriage to Prince Harry back in May, Kensington Palace confirmed to CNN. But she hasn’t taken the citizenship test yet, and it’s unclear whether or not she’ll hold dual citizenship, according to Metro UK. Her other option would be to denounce her American citizenship (usually in order to avoid paying U.S. income taxes…yuck). However, if she doesn’t denounce her American citizenship, her kids could technically also have dual citizenship (although the Brits could ultimately decide against it).
Let’s just imagine, though, that the royal offspring do maintain their mother’s American citizenship. In that case, they could technically run for president. Even though our constitution says “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States…shall be eligible to the Office of President,” the Harvard Law Review states that “the original meaning of the phrase ‘natural born Citizen’ includes persons born abroad who are citizens from birth based on the citizenship of a parent.” (We know, it’s a stretch.)