Suits creator Aaron Korsh revealed on Wednesday that Meghan Markle’s character on the popular series was written out a year ago.
News of Markle departing the show’s seventh season was announced by USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, the studio that produces the series, on Tuesday.
"I knew from a year ago that this relationship was burgeoning,” Korsch said, referring to Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry, in an interview with Radio 4’s Today. "And I had a decision to make because I didn't want to intrude and ask her, 'Hey, what's going on and what are you going to do?'”
"So collectively with the writers, we decided to take a gamble that these two people were in love and it was going to work out," he continued. "What we decided to do (was) say, 'Look, I would rather have good things happen to Meghan in her life,' which would likely mean her leaving the show. So let's plan on that and it's much easier to undo that, if it came to it, than to just plan on her staying forever and then finding out she's going to go.”
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Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement on Monday after dating for year and a half.
"She is just a natural in front of the camera, and her intelligence and poise... I mean if anyone could handle it I'd say it was Meghan," Korsch said when asked how he thought Markle would handle the pressure of royal life.
"The whole thing is like a fairy tale," he said of the engagement, adding, "Like a dream come true.”
Speculation that Markle would leaveSuits first surfaced after her romance with Prince Harry went public in 2016. Markle is now in full preparation mode as she begins to plan for her upcoming nuptials to the 33-year-old royal. The two are set to get married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in May 2018.
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