Months after the Duchess of Sussex was rumoured to be up for an Emmy nomination for her final season in Suits, Meghan Markle has reportedly declined an invitation to attend the star-studded awards ceremony.
Sources told the Sun that Meghan has ‘politely turned down’ an invitation to the 70th Emmy Awards ceremony in LA next month, adding that the decision was a way of drawing ‘a line in the sand’ between her acting and royal career.
Another source said: ‘We had hoped Meghan would attend as a way of saying goodbye to her Suits fans and colleagues.
‘Show executives and NBC had offered Harry and her an invitation to celebrate with the biggest stars around, meet her showbiz friends and even present an honour. But Meghan is not attending.’
The 37-year-old left her role as Rachel Zane in Suits last year and addressed her decision to step away from her acting career during her engagement announcement interview with her now-husband last November.
‘I don’t see it as giving anything up, I just see it as a change,’ she said.
Speaking of the seven years spent filming the legal show in Toronto, Canada, Markle said she felt ‘very fortunate’.
‘So we’re very, very fortunate to be able to have that sort of longevity on a series,’ she added.
‘For me, once we hit the 100-episode marker, I thought, “You know what? I have ticked this box and I feel really proud of the work I’ve done there and now it’s time to, as you [Harry] said, work as a team with you.”‘
Despite Meghan’s decision to turn down the invitation, it’s worth noting that it’s in no way related to any apparent royal protocol to prevent royals attending award ceremonies.
After all, Kate Middleton and Prince William are regularly spotted on the red carpet at the BAFTAs, of which the Duke of Cambridge is a patron.
In June, Entertainment Tonight reported the Duchess of Sussex might be put forward for Emmy award consideration by USA Network, in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama category.
We can totally understand the Duchess’ reasons for not wanting to attend the event. It looks like she’s put her acting career behind her for good.