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Prince Harry may have to 'pack his bags and move back home' as US urged to disclose visa

Daily Express logo Daily Express 22/03/2023 Matthew Dooley

may have to "pack his bags" and head back to the UK, according to two commentators. The comments come amid an uproar about the Duke's visa after he admitted to using drugs including cocaine, cannabis and psychedelics in the past.

Prince Harry © GETTY Prince Harry

Harry may have run afoul of the United States' famously strict immigration laws with the admission of his drug use. A conservative think tank called The Heritage Foundation is demanding to know the details of the Duke's US visa application.

"This might be illegal, he might have to pack his bags and move back home," said host of the Royally Us podcast Christina Garibaldi.

Co-host Christine Ross added: "I can't imagine if Prince Harry gets deported, what a drama it would be. You know, this is true. When you apply for a visa you sort of have to prove that you are a really upstanding citizen, that there's no chance you're going to be in any trouble in your new country.

"You do have to declare that you've never taken part in illegal substances. I do wonder how Prince Harry answered that question."

Prince Harry. © GETTY Prince Harry. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. © GETTY Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex's book Spare is being parodied in a spoof biography of Prince Harry which promises to go "deep inside the castle walls" and expose "every shouting match, fist-fight, betrayal, teddy bear, awkward hug and tear-stained wedding rehearsal".

In a clear mockery of the bestselling memoir, the upcoming work has been described in a press release as a "frostbite-and-all book", and is titled Spare Us! A Harrody.

Prince Harry admitted his drug use in Spare and in several interviews including a live-streamed therapy session with trauma expert Dr Gabor Maté.

He said cocaine "didn't do anything" for him but lauded the use of marijuana and psychedelics. He claimed the latter helped him as a "cleaning of the windshield [and] removal of life's filters".

Now, however, the Prince has come under fire for his comments. The right leaning Heritage Foundation is now arguing that US officials should release the details of his visa application to make sure he was "properly vetted" before entering the US.

"This request is in the public interest in light of the potential revocation of Prince Harry's visa for illicit substance use and further questions regarding the Prince's drug use and whether he was properly vetted before entering the United States," Mike Howell, director of the foundation's Oversight Project, told the Daily Mail.

READ MORE: Meet the lawyer scrutinising Harry's visa after drug use admission

Prince Harry. © GETTY Prince Harry. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. © GETTY Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Those applying for US visas are typically asked about their past criminal history and drug use. Usually, visa applications remain confidential under the Immigration and Nationality Act, but Prince Harry's admission could affect future applications.

In addition, if he lied on his application he could potentially be deported and barred from applying for US citizenship. Although it's unknown what type of visa Harry holds, the Daily Mail previously reported that he likely has a spousal visa or an O-1 visa for people with an "extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics" or an "extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry".

That visa typically runs out after three years, meaning Harry - who has lived in California for almost three years - may need to apply for another in the near future.

Prince Harry's wife, Meghan Markle, is a US citizen. His daughter, Princess Lilibet Diana, was born in the United States granting her automatic US citizenship. Prince Archie Harrison is likely eligible for US citizenship though Meghan.

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