Meghan Markle may have traded her Hollywood career for a humanitarian life with the man of her dreams, but the Royal Family's newest member may have one last accolade to collect: an Emmy for her performance as Rachel Zane on Suits. According to a rep at USA Network speaking to ET Canada, the 36-year-old is on the ballot for a Best Supporting Actress nod.
This could be the perfect culmination of Meghan's former career as she embarks on a new life with Prince Harry, who she wed in Windsor on May 19. The actress spent seven seasons playing the razor-sharp paralegal as Rachel pursued her law degree and fell for her own Prince Charming, Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams. The Duchess of Sussex announced that she would be leaving the show following her Nov. 2017 engagement, and her final scenes - including Rachel and Mike's New York wedding - aired earlier this year.
It's not unusual for the network to submit major cast members for consideration, according to ET Canada, and the Supporting Actress category is definitely a competitive one (think This Is Us star Chrissy Metz, last year's winner Anne Dowd of The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things standout Millie Bobbie Brown and Maisie Williams for Game of Thrones.) The royal's close friend Sarah Rafferty is also being considered for the category.
Patrick and Gabriel Macht, both of whom attended Meghan's royal wedding last month, were submitted for Lead Actor honours. Parisa Fitz-Henley, who played Meghan in Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, also popped up on the ballot for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
While an Emmy nomination would be a wonderful milestone for Meghan, the newest member of the Royal Foundation has bigger things on her mind. As she prepares for general life as a royal, the newlywed is spending time learning the ropes from Samantha Cohen, who is Her Majesty's former assistant private secretary. She's also learning to work with Amy Pickerill, the Senior Communications Officer for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Harry, who selected her to be the former actress' first private secretary. Meghan is marking a major milestone on June 14 as she embarks on her first solo engagement with the Queen - including an overnight stay on the exclusive Royal Train - and preparing for her first major royal tour this fall to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. We hope if she wins she can at least find time to watch the Emmys!