Markle flies to US to apply for UK visa ahead of royal wedding

13 Apr 2018 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Meghan Markle has flown back to the United States to apply for her UK visa application ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in May.

Meghan has reportedly been spotted at O’Hare International Airport, from which she was escorted by four security guards on her way to finalise her UK visa application.

The future royal was also spotted at the VFS Global UK Visa Application Centre in Chicago applying for a $1,500 fast-track premium visa service ahead of her big day, which will take place at Windsor Castle.

Markle is expected to have applied for a family visa, which will allow her to apply for permanent citizenship once she is married. However, this process can take up to three years.

According to Kensington Palace, 2,640 people have been invited to the castle’s grounds to watch the couple arrive at St George’s Chapel, with a total of 600 people set to watch them marry inside the chapel and 200 people invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House.

The marriage takes place just six months after the couple’s engagement was announced, in line with UK spouse visa laws. However, in order to become a British citizen, Markle may face the task of passing a ‘Life in the UK Test’ and an English language test, both of which are a required part of the UK visa process.