Meghan Markle Makes Trip to America Reportedly to Finalize Visa Application

The royal-to-be reportedly visited Chicago to make it official

Updated 04/13/18

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Meghan Markle touched down at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Thursday for a surprisingly practical reason: to finalize her visa application to the United Kingdom.

TMZ reports that the Suits actor spent about 10 minutes at the VFS Global UK Visa Application Centre on Thursday to finalize the paperwork. She reportedly wore a White Sox cap, perhaps to blend in with the natives and avoid attention, apparently forgoing the more elaborate disguises she’s reportedly used in London.

Maybe the soon-to-be-royal chose Chicago because it’s a taste of home for the Northwestern University graduate. Then again, perhaps she chose Chicago to personally apologize to the Obamas for not inviting them to the wedding (only to remain politically neutral, of course)?

Because she shelled out for expedited processing, according to TMZ, Meghan should get her visa within a few days, but that doesn’t mean her immigration woes are over. After spending six months in the U.K., Meghan will be able to apply for permanent citizenship, a process that can take up to three years. But maybe the most interesting thing about this whole ordeal is that U.K. immigration couldn’t or wouldn’t bend the rules for their prince’s fiancée. Royals: They’re just like us!

One of Meghan's planned trips after her wedding will be traveling with Harry to Sydney, Australia, in October for the 2018 Invictus Games, a Paralympics-style competition for wounded veterans that Prince Harry founded in 2014. The Games are a fitting occasion for the newlyweds’ travel, since it was at the 2017 Invictus Games that Harry and Meghan were first spotted publicly canoodling.

But hopefully, for the sake of her American admirers, Markle will make another stateside trip before too long. Remember your roots, Meghan!

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