Meghan Markle is officially leaving Pearson Specter Litt and joining the royal family.
Following the announcement of Meghan Markle’s engagement to the UK’s Prince Harry, it’s now been confirmed that she will be leaving the cast of the USA drama Suits.
Markle, who has played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane since the show’s pilot, “will depart from USA’s legal drama at the end of Season 7, which returns to the network in early 2018,” per the official statement.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
Markle, who has played paralegal-turned-lawyer lawyer Rachel Zane for seven seasons of the popular legal drama, acknowledged that she was moving on from the series in her first joint interview with her new fiancé Prince Harry.
She said: “I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter, right? And also, keep in mind, I’ve been working on [Suits] for seven years.
“We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series…I’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with [Harry] as a team.”
Season seven of Suits returns in early 2018.