She was one of the show’s hottest stars, starring as the paralegal Rachel Zane from seasons one to seven. While the reason why Meghan Markle left Suits might seem obvious, there are new details emerging all the time.

The show follows Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who uses his photographic memory to fraudulently talk his way into a job as an associate for more successful attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), despite being a college dropout who never attended law school—and it’s a crime to practice law without a license. The series ran for nine seasons from 2011 to 2019 and led to one spin-off, Pearson, centered on Mike and Harvey’s co-worker attorney Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), which was canceled after one season in 2019. 

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

Though its ninth and final season aired on USA Network in 2019, the legal dramedy is experiencing a huge resurgence in 2023 thanks to its arrival on streaming giant Netflix. Executive producer Gene Klein told TVLine about why he felt the series was so bingeable. “I think there’s two different things going on, one set of things that has to do with the show itself and another that has to do with the power of a particular platform. On the one hand, anecdotally, people reach out to me all the time, so I know it still finds new viewers here and there,” he said.

“But there’s also something about the show that is rewatchable. There’s people who’ve watched it all when it was coming out and find it very comforting to watch again. And it’s also, I think, a unique enough show that it’s very rewatchable. You discover new things as you’re rewatching it. So there’s an additional set of things about the show that reveal themselves watching it again. So it’s a tribute to the show, creatively.” Meghan Markle left Suits after the seventh season. Here’s everything we know.

Why did Meghan Markle leave Suits?

Why did Meghan Markle leave Suits? She left because of who she was dating—giving up acting to become a full-time, senior member of the British royal family ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry.

He detailed her departure from the show in his memoir, Spare. “Meg packed up her house, gave up her role in Suits. After seven seasons,” he wrote. “A difficult moment for her, because she loved that show, loved the character she was playing, loved her cast and crew — loved Canada.” “On the other hand life there had become untenable. Especially on set. The show writers were frustrated because they were often advised by the Palace comms team to change lines of dialogue, what her character would do, how she would act.”

Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle. Photo by Ian Watson / USA Network / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Suits creator Aaron Korsh told The Hollywood Reporter in an article published on August 29, 2023 that he was excited to learn that Markle was dating Prince Harry. “Your initial reaction is, like, ‘We’re dating a prince!’ he laughed. But the security and all that stuff, we shot in Toronto and the writer’s room was in LA, so other people were dealing with that. I will say, and I think Harry put this in the book, because I heard people talking about it — [the royal family] weighed in on some stuff. Not many things, by the way, but a few things that we wanted to do and couldn’t do, and it was a little irritating.”

Pushed to explain further, Korsh detailed one change that Buckingham Palace asked him to change in the dialogue.  “I remember one was a particular line of dialogue and, look, I’ll just say what the line was. My wife’s family, when they have a topic to discuss that might be sensitive, they use the word, “poppycock.” Let’s say you wanted to do something that you knew your husband didn’t want to do, but you wanted to at least discuss it, and in just discussing it, you wouldn’t hold him to anything he said, you’d be like, ‘It’s poppycock,’” he explained.

“So, in the episode, Mike and Rachel were going to have a thing, and as a nod to my in-laws, we were going to have her say, ‘My family would say poppycock.’ And the royal family did not want her saying the word. They didn’t want to put the word ‘poppycock’ in her mouth. I presume because they didn’t want people cutting things together of her saying ‘cock.’ So, we had to change it to ‘bullshit’ instead of ‘poppycock,’ and I did not like it because I’d told my in-laws that [poppycock] was going to be in the show. There was maybe one or two more things, but I can’t remember.”

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
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He added that he didn’t even know how Buckingham Palace was getting the scripts in the first place. “I don’t know how they got ’em. I was aware that they were reading them because I got the feedback, but I don’t remember the process by which they got them,” he said.

In an interview with TVLine in July 2023, executive producer Gene Klein revealed if he and creator Aaron Korsh were considering a Suits reboot after the series’ streaming success on Netflix. “You know, I’ve mentioned to Aaron that I keep, in this era of reboots and reunions and all this other stuff, that I’m expecting a call at some point. But I’m not aware of any serious conversations. It’s just one of those things where, in this day and age, you wouldn’t be surprised if somebody called you someday. But so far, nothing that I’m aware of,” he said at the time.

“As you might remember, it was a complicated dance keeping everybody involved, getting all the actors deals done and keeping them involved through the end of the show. I’d be surprised if we could thread that needle for a reunion, but I’d also be delighted if that happened because [when] you do a show for that long, everybody becomes such a good friend.”

He continued, “A lot of us saw each other a month or so ago because there was a Suits-themed picket at Fox one day, and a lot of the writers, some of whom didn’t know each other because people were on Seasons 1 and 2, but not the later seasons, so some of the writers were meeting for the first time. But a lot of the actors came to that as well.”

He also responded to the possibility of Meghan Markle returning as Rachel Zane for the reboot. “I would assume that’s just not possible,” he said. Klein also told TVLine that he and Korsh considered a Suits spin-off with the character Louis Litt after the original series ended, though nothing ever came of the idea. “There were numerous ideas for spinoffs that we mostly just sort of fantasized about. Like, Aaron and I would sit around and go, ‘What about this? What about that?’” Klein said, adding that there were scenarios involved with “taking one or two of the characters and doing their own thing with them, but they just never went anywhere.” He continued, “Obviously, there was a Louis Litt-themed one.” 

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For more about Prince Harry, read his upcoming memoir, Spare. Told for the first time in his own words, the book takes readers through the Duke of Sussex’s life with the British royal family, from the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997 to how the moment led to his decision decades later to move to America with his wife, Meghan Markle, and leave Buckingham Palace for good in 2020. “With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief,” the publisher’s description reads.

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