Royal baby fans convinced Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son could become US president
FANS of the newly-arrived son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are convinced Baby Sussex could one day be the US president.
While perhaps news of the arrival of the royal baby wasn’t quite as warmly welcomed across the pond as it was here, US fans were still delighted with the news that the Duchess of Sussex, 37, had given birth to a 7lb 3oz boy.
People took to social media to debate the issue with many unsure if it would ever really happen.
Simon Binns wrote on Twitter: "So presumably the new #RoyalBaby could stand for US president as well as eventually become King? Top bants that like."
Professor Kate Williams posted: "A dual UK and UK citizen, 7th in line and thus theoretically could be both monarch (if everyone else in front abdicates!) and US President."
But Tracy Starr wasn't convinced, writing: "I think you are mistaken on your comment about the new royal baby becoming US president. Dual citizenship or not, to become a US president you must have been born in the USA!!!!"
In the neighbourhood of Windsor Hills, Los Angeles, where Meghan grew up in and where her mum Doria Ragland still lives, locals were “delighted” and “elated” with the news.
There has been speculation already that the royal could even one day become president of the United States.
As the baby boy, who has not been named yet, is the child of a US citizen he is automatically a citizen of the country too and it is a possibility that one day he could run for office.
The situation is not entirely clear though as the constitution stipulates that anyone who becomes president must be a “natural born citizen”.
But it is not clear if they have to be actually born on US soil rather than born abroad with at least one US citizen as a parent.
Either way though the prospect of a British royal becoming the political head of the US is not going to happen any day soon.
Under US rules anyone hoping to be president has to be at least aged 35.
In the British-themed Rose Cottage Tea Room in LA the talk among the patrons was focused on the birth.
We're delighted that all is well and the baby's well, the mother is well, it is great news
Watched over by a life-size cut-out of the royals standing behind a pushchair, the owner Mary Fry told Sky News: "We're delighted that all is well and the baby's well, the mother is well, it is great news.”
Meghan’s hopes of giving birth at home were dashed on Sunday as she was rushed to the Portland hospital in London.
She had a smooth delivery at 5.26am on Monday.
- Meghan Markle went into labour late on Sunday night and gave birth at London's Portland Hospital at 5.26am
- Mum and baby are back home at Frogmore Cottage with Harry and gran Doria
- The couple will show off the new arrival on Wednesday
- Meghan's estranged dad Thomas spoke of his pride at his new royal grandson
- Arthur and Albert are the current favourites for the new royal baby's name.
Meghan remained in the £15,000-a-night hospital overnight before going into labour in the early hours of Monday morning.
Prince Harry was clearly delighted he had become a dad, saying at a press conference in Windsor: "It's been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.
"How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we're both absolutely thrilled.
"We're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there, it's been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody."
The Duke of Sussex, who was present for the birth, added: "I'm so incredibly proud of my wife.
How can someone run for the US presidency?
The US constitution is not entirely clear.
It states the person, male or female, has to be a “natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States” but it is uncertain if this means you have to have been born on US soil to qualify.
An article in the Harvard Law Review though argued that natural born citizen applies to anyone who has citizenship at birth, whether born on US soil or abroad.
You have to have at least one parent who is a US citizen.
No one under the age of 35 can become president.
The person also has to have been living in the US for at least 14 years.
No one can serve more than two terms as president.
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"And as every father and parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing.
"But this little thing is absolutely to die for so I'm absolutely over the moon.
He later joked how he'd only had "about two hours' sleep".
Meghan gave birth in the early hours of Sunday morning
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