Does the Duchess of Sussex have what it takes to be recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences?
Former Suits star Meghan Markle, who, according to IMDb, has yet to be nominated for her work on the series, is currently fielding Emmy consideration for the show’s seventh season (the last she’ll be a part of—‘cause, you know, royal duty calls … ).
On Tuesday, a USA Network representative confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that Markle’s name has been submitted for consideration for the Emmy category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
So … what does that actually mean? Technically, there’s a chance the newlywed Duchess could be nominated for an Emmy—which, you know, isn’t super common for a member of the British Royal Family.
You can be submitted for Emmy consideration if your series aired between June 1 and May 31 of the previous year and was made available to at least 51% of the country. Technically, you can submit yourself (for a fee), but that doesn’t seem like a particularly duchess-y move.
The Academy’s 15,000 members are divided into 28 subsections based on their area of expertise (actors vote for actors; makeup artists for makeup artists, etc … ). It’s these votes that comprise the annual list of Emmy nominations.
So although Meghan is being “considered,” the chances of her actually earning a nom are fairly slim. Historically, Suits hasn’t been a heavy-hitter come awards season—star Patrick J. Adams was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2012, and the show has earned nominations from lesser-known awards shows throughout the years, but never the coveted Emmy nomination.
Another major hurdle, of course, is the competition. Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) won last year against a slate of formidable actresses from critically acclaimed series: Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), Thandie Newton (Westworld), and Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale). It’s likely that this year’s supporting actress nominees will be quite similar, with the added disadvantage of the fact that Game of Thrones is eligible for this year's awards; the show was ineligible due to its air dates for last year's Emmy's.
But you never know … Perhaps Meghan’s royal status has sparked newfound appreciation for her performance in Suits?
Somehow, we don’t think an Emmys snub would crush Markle. Who needs an Emmy when you have access to the crown jewels?
The 2018 Emmy nominees will be announced on July 12. Until then, fingers crossed!