Will Prince Harry Allowed to Work in America After Stepping Down From the Royal Family?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are looking to start a new life in North America following their dramatic exit from the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made it clear that they want to become financially independent from the monarchy. But their plan may have hit a major snag, and it all has something to do with Prince Harry’s ability to work in the United States.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle move to North America

When they announced their exit from the monarchy in January, Harry and Meghan mentioned how they want to split their time between North America and the UK. Since then, it looks like the two will be spending most of their time in North America as they look to escape the royal spotlight.

They have not, however, revealed exactly where they plan on setting up shop. Harry and Meghan are currently living in a swanky rental on Vancouver Island and have reportedly been enjoying their time in Canada.

There has been a lot of speculation that the couple will eventually settle down in a major city in the United States. Most experts agree that the two likely landing spots are Los Angeles and New York City.

Both of these locations would give Harry and Meghan plenty of opportunities to build their brand and become financially independent. The only problem is that Harry might not be allowed to work inside the U.S. just yet.

Queen Elizabeth bans Sussex Royal brand

As a consequence of leaving the royal family, Harry and Meghan will not be allowed to use their HRH titles. The two will technically still retain the styles, but they will not use them unless they return to the royal family.

Following their exit, Prince Harry and Meghan fully expected to continue their work with their new charitable organization, Sussex Royal. The pair launched the project last year after splitting away from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s charity, The Royal Foundation.

Turns out, Queen Elizabeth has other plans. Buckingham Palace recently released a statement about how Harry and Meghan will be looking to establish a new charity in the coming months. This means they will not be allowed to use the brand, Sussex Royal.

Royal expert Anna Whitlock believes the move is a major blow to Harry and Meghan’s plans. Not only does this end one of their main charitable arms, but it also means they cannot raise any money using the brand.

“It is and I think it is something that they wouldn’t have seen coming. They went large on the launch of Sussex Royal, brands, the website, their Instagram feed and were very much hoping to check out of the royal family but potentially cash in on the royal brand,” Whitlock shared.

Can Prince Harry work in America?

As if ditching Royal Sussex was not bad enough, Harry might not be able to work in the U.S. According to Express, the Duke of Sussex has not applied for a green card, which means he cannot legally be employed in America.

“They will probably live in New York or California eventually but then you have all the problems with the residency and the taxes,” Ingrid Seward, an expert on the royals, explained. “So there is a huge amount to be sorted out.”

There is, of course, a lot of mystery about where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will eventually settle down. They both have strong ties to Canada, so it is entirely possible that they move there instead of the U.S.

That said, Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, lives in Los Angeles, so they could end up purchasing a home in the area. A city like Los Angeles also gives the pair plenty of opportunities to build their brand and make money.

Meghan and Harry have not commented on the reports surrounding their relocation plans. In their original announcement, they mentioned living in North America but did not mention a specific region.

What’s next for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Harry and Meghan’s biggest mission at the moment is finding a way to make a living outside of the crown. To that end, the two recently spoke at a summit in Miami, where they were reportedly paid handsomely for the appearance.

Sources also claim that Harry is currently negotiating with Goldman Sachs to appear in a web series for the company called Talks With GS.

Meghan, meanwhile, seems to be inching her way back into the entertainment industry. Shortly after announcing Megxit, the Duchess of Sussex inked a deal with Disney for some voice acting work. Meghan is donating her salary to an anti-poaching project called Elephants Without Borders.

Insiders say that Meghan Markle is working on a few other deals with Disney, which could easily fund her and Prince Harry’s endeavors.

“Meghan said her work with Disney is far from over,” a source revealed. “The voice over is just the beginning and that there are more collaborations to come.”