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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘forced to spend Christmas in UK’ over tax bill
October 18, 2020
Prince Harry could be forced to come back to the UK for Christmas with or without wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor due to his status as a British citizen, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex is currently living in sunny California with Meghan and Archie, but isn’t a citizen by law.
For tax purposes, Prince Harry may have to visit England sooner rather than later or face being "clobbered" with a huge tax bill.
Royal author and editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, told Daily Star Online it would be a "good idea" for Harry and Meghan to return to the UK at Christmas.
The couple, who bagged themselves a £112million deal with US streaming giant Netflix, will have to "come back at some point" because of Prince Harry's "tax situation," Ms Seward claims.
Ms Seward said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex face having to fork out a "large chunk of tax" which she is "sure he doesn't want".
Seward also told Daily Star Online it might be a "good idea" to come to the UK ahead of Meghan's looming court case with the Mail On Sunday.
She 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."
She added: "Prince Harry will also have to come back at some point, regardless of the case, because of his tax situation.
"He isn’t an American citizen and will be clobbered with a large chunk of tax, which I’m sure he doesn’t want."
Earlier this month, LA tax lawyer David Holtz told the Daily Mail the IRS is likely looking “very closely” at the Duke of Sussex.
Mr Holtz said Prince Harry will face a bill if he has been in “the US of 183 days straight,” but added the couple are likely to have had “lawyers and tax experts grinding away on the issue for months.”
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The couple are also facing a review of their Megxit deal with the Queen at Sandringham next spring, which they may return to the UK for.
Her Majesty gave Prince Harry and Meghan a chance to review their decision to step down as senior members of the family a year after they left in March.