Is Meghan Markle Headed to the ‘RHOBH’ Housewives? Andy Cohen Extends Invite

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sent shockwaves around the world when they released a statement about their future. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were taking a “step back as senior members of the Royal Family.” In the statement released on Instagram, the couple also said they intended to become “financially independent.” Where could that possibly lead them? The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, of course!

Andy Cohen and Meghan Markle
Andy Cohen and Meghan Markle | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images / Samir Hussein/WireImage

Andy Cohen, the producer behind all the Housewives franchises is giddy about Markle and Harry’s announcement. With the pair relocating to North America from the U.K., the Watch What Happens Live host wants Markle to join the cast of RHOBH.

“Open invite for The Duchess to join RHOBH,” Cohen wrote on Instagram.

With Markle’s career in acting, she would be a perfect fit in the cast that includes other actresses. If Markle were to decide to accept Cohen’s invite she would join the likes of Kyle Richards, Denise Richards, Lisa Rinna, Dorit Kemsley, Sutton Stracke, Erika Jayne, Teddi Mellencamp, and Garcelle Beauvais.

Cohen was not the only one with the idea of the royals joining RHOBH. Trevor Noah also quipped about the thought on The Daily Show.

“I think they’ll move to L.A. because Meghan is an actor,” Noah said. “And then Harry can just join the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s full statement

The royals made their shocking announcement via a statement on Instagram that was quickly picked up by media around the world.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote on Instagram. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to [honor] our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

Royal Family react

After the statement was released, Buckingham Palace released a reaction statement clarifying the situation.

“Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the statement read. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

A source close to the Royal Family is now saying that they were taken aback by the announcement.

“There were talks over the Christmas break between the couple and the family, over the phone because the Sussexes were away, but they were very early stage talks, nothing had been agreed,” an insider told Vanity Fair. “Some of what [Harry and Meghan] are proposing is very complicated and isn’t just something that can happen overnight.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not reveal when they planned to set their move in motion as of yet.