Meghan Markle has proven to be quite the marvel, not just for the royals but for the rest of the world as well. She’s a Duchess with all kinds of firsts under her belt, an American divorcee, former actress and staunch feminist making her way through the palace doors and maybe, just maybe, looking to change things up a bit. And that was all before she married Prince Harry.
Now, though, Her Royal Highness (that’s right, let’s give respect where respect is due) has added yet another check to her already impressive list of achievements, this time with a nod to her recent past. Because before Megs was the Duchess of Sussex, she was on a little series called Suits. And while she has since retired from acting to focus on her new royal life, that’s not how the Emmys work. Nominations come out a few months prior to the actual ceremony and, yes, Meghan is on the ballot for Best Drama Supporting Actress for her former show.
We last saw Meghan — who played Rachel Zane on the legal drama since it premiered back in 2011 — this past spring in the Season 7 finale, but technically Meghan quit acting in November when her engagement to Harry was announced.
Now, in case you think that this is all awfully tacky for a newly minted Duchess, it’s unlikely that Meghan submitted herself. Heck, she might not even know about it, or care, considering her priorities are a little different nowadays. In reality, USA Network, which airs the series (it’s on Bravo here in Canada), has always submitted the main cast members of Suits and wasn’t going to stop this year.
That being said, the show has never in its seven seasons earned any Emmy love, but this time around might be a little different considering the extra publicity Meghan has generated for the enterprise. Because, hey, since Suits is now part of British history, there’s no reason it can’t be part of Emmy history as well.
Nominees won’t be announced until July 12 but does Meghan stand a chance? Maybe. If not, NBD. Because in another first, it’s not the only time Markle’s name will appear on a ballot. Parisa Fitz-Henley is being considered in the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress category for playing Meghan in the surprisingly sweet Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance. If we’re being honest, Fitz-Henley might have a stronger chance at a nom than Markle but here’s hoping one of them gets recognized for their efforts. And if both do, that wouldn’t be the most shocking thing in the world, since Meghan’s whole story is pretty unbelievable in itself.