The creator of Meghan Markle's TV drama Suits began plotting her character's exit from the show a year before she became engaged to Prince Harry.
The American beauty revealed her plans to retire from acting on Monday (27Nov17), hours after it was announced she is to wed the British royal next year (18).
Meghan had already been rumored to be leaving Suits, in which she portrays Rachel Zane, after the end of its current seventh season, and now series creator Aaron Korsh admits he had predicted the actress' departure last year (16), because he knew she had fallen hard for Prince Harry.
"I knew from a year ago that this relationship was burgeoning," he told BBC Radio 4 show 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."
Korsh and his co-writers then came up with a storyline to suit her expected exit, which they could have easily changed had Meghan chosen to stay on.
"What we decided to do (was to) say, 'Look, I would rather have good things happen to Meghan in her life,' which would likely mean her leaving the show," he explained, "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."
Despite losing one of his main castmembers, Korsh couldn't be happier for Meghan, comparing her romance with Prince Harry to a "fairytale", and insisting she will fit right in with the royal family.
"She is just a natural in front of the camera, and her intelligence and poise," he said. "I mean, if anyone could handle it, I'd say it was Meghan."
Korsh previously joined his Suits cast and crew in sending the happy couple his best wishes online.
"Congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement," he tweeted after Monday's big announcement. "Wonderful news, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Love, Aaron".
Meghan and Prince Harry, who began dating in the spring of 2016, will tie the knot at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, England in May (18).