Meghan Markle’s former TV series Suits has been axed.
The 37-year-old – who is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry – played lawyer Rachel Zane in Aaron Korsh’s hit US legal drama from the first episode in 2011, until her last appearance in 2018.
SYFY revealed on Wednesday the show will come to an end after the ninth 10 episodes long instalment, after losing a significant amount of viewers.
Coming to an end: Meghan Markle’s former TV series Suits has been axed… a year after her departure to marry Prince Harry – she played Rachel Zane for seven years
A fairytale: Meghan married Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle last May and they are expecting their first child, due in April
Meghan and her co-star Patrick J. Adams, (Mike Ross) both left the show at the end of season seven.
The official line is on why the show is being axed is unclear, but the series has lost 100,000 more viewers since Meghan quit the show.
Suits returned for its season 8 premiere in the US last July, marking the first episode since Meghan and co-star Patrick J Adams had been written out of the show.
Ratings have been consistently dipping since the start, even with Meghan in the show. Season one began with an average of 4.6 million viewers in 2011.
Co-stars: Patrick J. Adams, who played Mike Ross and Meghan posing for a promotional shot for the series back in 2011 – he attended her wedding last year
Cast of characters: The smart series about a group of corporate lawyers premiered in 2011 and currently stars Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Wendell Pierce, Sarah Rafferty, Katherine Heigl, and Amanda Schull
Chris McCumber, president of USA Network and SYFY, said: ‘Suits has played an instrumental role in our network’s DNA for nearly a decade.
‘I and everyone at USA Network sincerely thank Aaron Korsh, our partners at UCP and the entire Suits family for their tremendous creativity, devotion and support over a truly amazing run.’
Despite Meghan leaving the show ahead of her engagement to the Duke of Sussex, 34, most of the Suits cast, including Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman and her on-screen love interest Patrick J. Adams attended the couple’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May.
Previous job: Meghan loved playing her stylish lawyer alter-ego, and felt like ‘a kid in a candy store’ when it came to picking out her outfits
Meghan will no doubt be saddened by the news that the show is coming to an end, as she loved playing her stylish lawyer alter-ego, and felt like ‘a kid in a candy store’ when it came to picking out her outfits.
Celebrity costume designer Jolie Andreatta explained previously: ‘Meghan and I loved Rachel’s clothes. We’d always say that, if we could, we would live in Rachel’s clothes. Designing Rachel’s look was like being a kid in a candy store.’
When she stepped down from acting to join the Royal Family, Meghan insisted that rather than dwelling on the end of her career, she would commit herself to making a change in the world with her humanitarian work.
All star line-up: (L-R) Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. AdamsSuits – pictured together in 2011
Happy news: Prince Harry and Meghan are now expecting their first child together, (pictured on January 16 at the Cirque Du Soleil: Totem launch night at the Royal Albert Hall
Suited and booted: Long-time star Gabriel Macht in character as Harvey Specter
She said: ‘I see it as new change, a new chapter. I’ve been working on my show [for] seven years, we were so fortunate to have that longevity, and I feel like I checked that box and am very proud of the work I’ve done there.’
Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child together, due in April.
Though the show will be be ending this coming season, it won’t be the last fans have seen of the Suits universe.
Gina’s character Jessica Pearson will be the focus of the upcoming Suits spin-off, Pearson, which follows her new life in Chicago.
The show is set to premiere this year.
Newest recruit: Katherine Heigl joined the Suits cast in 2018
She’s back: Gina’s character Jessica Pearson will be the focus of the upcoming Suits spin-off, Pearson, which follows her new life in Chicago
Series creator Aaron Korsh thanked all those involved for giving him a chance to share his story.
‘Though I know it isn’t true, it seems like only yesterday USA Network took a chance on an unestablished writer’s very first hour long script. These days that’s a common thing, but forty seven years ago when I first wrote the Untitled Korsh Project, nobody did it. Nobody except the people at USA and UCP,’ he said.
From the Suits team to his family, Aaron had glowing praise for everyone who held make the show a success.
‘Last but never least, to the fans who have stuck with the SUITS family through thick and thin, through can-openers and flashbacks – thank you for always speaking your mind. Without you, I might start to think I’m getting the hang of this writing thing.’
Order in the court: Wendell Pierce and Gabriel appear in the episode Managing Partner