The Indian actress, 35, said she was “super excited” to attend the royal nuptials next month, but would be attending as a guest rather than part of the wedding party.
“I’m super excited about her and her big day. It’s not just going to be life-changing for both of them, it’s life-changing for the world that needs to see strong women as icons, and I think Meghan has the potential to be that,” she told People magazine.
She added: “I’m not going to be a bridesmaid.”
Markle and Chopra because firm friends when they met three years ago and the Quantico actress was rumoured to have been chosen as one of the bridesmaids.
Speaking to US Weekly about her close friendship with Markle, Chorpa said: “I’ve known Meghan for three years and I’m so happy the way the world has responded to her because as long as I’ve known her. She is a relatable young woman of the world today.
“She’s that girl who thinks out of the box. She has always been an activist. She has always had a strong voice.
“She’s an ambitious girl of today. I think the world needs strong role models like Meghan. I think, I hope, Meghan will end up being one of those people.”
Chopra even wrote an open letter about her friend in the newest issue of Time magazine, after she made the annual 100 Most Influential People list.
“Somewhere among biryani, pouting and endless conversations, I realised just how deeply Meghan Markle cares for the world,” she wrote.
“With her, what you see is real, and what you get is a relatable young woman with her heart and mind in the right place.”
The wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle on May 19.