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This hopefully won’t come as a shock, but Meghan Markle will not be returning to the legal drama Suits after the show’s seventh season.
The actress (and former Deal or No Deal briefcase model) announced with England’s Prince Harry this week that the pair will be getting married in 2018, so it’s safe to say she was planning on making a lifestyle shift. Namely, a move to England. She even mentioned in an interview this week that she had loved her years at the show, but it was time for her to “work with Harry as a team” now.
“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change,” she explained. “It’s a new chapter, right? Also keep in mind I had been working on my show for seven years. So we were very, very fortunate to be able to have that sort of longevity on a series. For me, once we hit the 100-episode marker, I thought, you know what, I have ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I had done there.”
The USA network apparently wanted to avoid any confusion with the Suitors, though, and released an official statement Tuesday evening:
From all of us at USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, we want to send our most heartfelt congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement. Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her. We want to thank her for her undeniable passion and dedication to Suits, and we wish her the very best.
— Suits (@Suits_USA) November 28, 2017
Markle’s co-stars have been sending messages of support and goodwill ever since news of her engagement broke:
Congratulations to my TV daughter Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the news of their wedding engagement. Harry you have her TV Father’s blessing. Robert Zane approves @Suits_USA
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) November 27, 2017
Congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement. Wonderful news, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Love, Aaron
— Aaron Korsh (@akorsh9) November 27, 2017
Wonderful news for a change! Wishing Meghan and Harry all the happiness and health sharing their new life together!!
— Rick Hoffman (@RickHoffman_) November 28, 2017
She said she was just going out to get some milk… https://t.co/y7cnM0eC9D
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) November 27, 2017
Hang in there, Suits fans.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.