Meghan has a string of TV shows to her name, including roles in hits such as General Hospital, Fringe, Horrible Bosses, Get Him to the Greek and, of course, the popular US legal drama Suits, in which she’s played whipsmart paralegal Rachel Zane since July 2011.
But if she and Harry do wed, it seems unlikely Meghan’s forays in front of the camera will be anything other than carefully orchestrated royal appearances. She’s already pared down her public life, shutting down her lifestyle blog, The Tig, and cancelling her contract with Canadian fashion brand Reitmans – although she hasn’t explicitly said this has anything to do with her blue-blooded boyfriend.
With all the hype Meghan’s royal romance is generating, Suits bosses are keen to keep the actress in the show. According to Britain’s Grazia magazine, writers have come up with a major storyline for sassy paralegal Rachel.
“Meghan will have a storyline in season seven that will see her have children,” the publication reports. “The producers must be keen for her to stay on until the eighth season because of all of the attention the show is getting.
“There’s no doubt ratings are going to soar because of her. They don’t want the spotlight on the show to end.”
But according to The Mail on Sunday, Kensington Palace is working hard to extract Meghan from the show and is “playing a key role in reducing the actress’ publicity commitments”.
The British royal family has long been wary of the acting profession, according to Sarika Bose, a monarchy expert and professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
“There’s a hundred years of suspicion and still remnants [of wariness],” she says. “It would be groundbreaking if she were able to continue in her job.”
Even Hollywood darling Grace Kelly had to give up her career when she wed Prince Rainier of Monaco.
According to some reports, Meghan has been contemplating bowing out of acting altogether. “She was thinking about it even before Harry,” a source told E! News. “She wants to focus on other endeavours she’s passionate about, such as her philanthropy.”
Meghan is a UN women’s advocate and an ambassador for Canada’s World Vision Clean Water campaign. She also campaigns on issues around feminism and racism – all suitable pursuits for royals.
Still, sources say Harry − who’ll drop down to sixth in line to the throne when William and Kate (both 35) have their third baby − will fight for Meghan to have a career outside of her royal duties.
“I don’t think the queen will stand in the way of a more modern kind of royal marriage,” an insider told The Times newspaper. “She backs her grandsons to the hilt.
“Palace courtiers mustn’t stand in the way. If Harry is frustrated about this, it will be to the royal family’s detriment.”
LEFT: Meghan plays paralegal Rachel Zane in hit TV drama Suits. RIGHT: She’s also a model. FAR RIGHT: Oscarwinning actress Grace Kelly, pictured here with fellow Oscar winner George Seaton, left the silver screen to become Princess Consort of Monaco...