The Duchess of Sussex teased new film and television projects as she joined Hollywood stars at a “Power of Women” gala in Los Angeles.

The Duchess, 42, said she was “thrilled” to have returned to the entertainment industry and was “really proud” of the projects Archewell Productions had created so far.

As she walked the red carpet in a camel, off-the-shoulder dress, she said she and the Duke of Sussex “have so many exciting things on the slate”.

The Duchess added: “I can’t wait until we can announce them, but I’m just really proud of what we’re creating. My husband is loving it too, which is really fun.”

She said she hoped to make content that would make audiences “feel a sense of community”.

“Things that make people feel – I was going to say ‘good’, but it’s more than that, things that make people feel something, right?”

The mother of two posed alongside celebrities including Billie Eilish, Margot Robbie and Carey Mulligan at the star-studded event, hosted by Variety magazine, on Thursday.

She said: “I think the more we support each other it just amplifies the work, amplifies our community and I’m just thrilled to be back in it and to be able to sit in this room and be in such good company tonight.”

The Duchess also suggested she was mystified by the soaring popularity of Suits, the US legal drama in which she starred as paralegal Rachel Zane.

The show, which aired its last episodes in 2019, has recently enjoyed a resurgence after being added to Netflix in the US in July.

The Duchess told Variety she had “no idea” what had prompted the show’s renewed success.

“It was great to work on, such a great cast and crew,” she said. “We had a really fun time. I was on it for seven seasons, so quite a bit.

“But it’s hard to find a show you can binge-watch that many episodes of these days, so that could have something to do with it. But good shows are everlasting.”

The Sussexes’ Netflix offerings to date include a six-part docuseries, Harry and Meghan, released in December that saw them interviewed extensively and featured reams of private family video footage.

Shortly after the series was broadcast, The Telegraph revealed that the couple did not plan to star in any more of their own programmes but would instead focus on their work behind the camera as executive producers, creating “fictional, scripted content” such as romantic comedies.

“There will be more of a heavy focus on fictional, scripted content,” said a source at the time. “It will be rom coms, feel good and light-hearted programmes.”

The Duchess is also preparing to launch a major new commercial venture, which she hoped would be announced this year, but has been pushed back.

Her red carpet appearance came after Omid Scobie, the Sussexes’ biographer, claimed those close to the couple had admitted things “hadn’t quite gone to plan” since they moved to the US.

Mr Scobie, who is promoting his new book, Endgame, told People magazine: “They really need to establish what their purpose is.”

He said that the Duchess had “moved on” from the Royal family, adding: “Quite early on in the [book-writing] process, some of those Meghan sources that I really leant on in the earlier years this time were like: ‘You know what? She doesn’t want anything to do with it.’”

“For Harry, it’s different. He still has unfinished business when it comes to his battles with the press.

“His challenge will be to find something that balances that out so we can see him working in a space that isn’t connected to the ties that bind from the past.”

The Duchess was due to be honoured at last year’s Power of Women event but pulled out following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

She later posed on the cover of Variety and sat down for an interview in which she called the late Queen “the most shining example” of female leadership.

This year she was in the star-studded audience for the awards, which were introduced by celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Oprah Winfrey. 

Two British actresses were celebrated by their peers and used their time on stage to speak up for children in need.

Emily Blunt was thanked for her work helping young people with speech disorders. 

Ms Mulligan used her acceptance speech to call for more protection for children in warzones, while Ms Robbie, the star of Barbie, was named Producer of the Year alongside her production company co-founders. 

Other honourees included Fantasia Barrino, Lily Gladstone and Eilish, who performed alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell. 


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