Royal Family Had Surprising Feedback for Meghan Markle’s Character in ‘Suits,’ According to Show’s Creator

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Now that Suits has officially arrived on Netflix, fans have been rewatching the legal drama. In the series, Meghan Markle plays the role of Rachel Zane, a motivated, no-nonsense employee at the law firm.

And while the Duchess of Sussex, 42, only starred on Suits for seven seasons, it appears the British royal family had a much bigger say in what her character was allowed to do—or say—on the show.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Suits creator Aaron Korsh detailed the numerous (often shocking) suggestions he received from Buckingham Palace, which ranged from script changes to lines being removed entirely. 

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“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,” Korsh revealed to the publication. 

While the creator didn’t receive notes often, it did happen on occasion. “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,” he continued.

In fact, there was one phrase the royal family did not want the duchess to say: poppycock. You see, Korsh wanted Rachel (Markle) to say this phrase to Patrick J. Adams’s character, Mike Ross. Since the royal family didn’t approve, the writers had to replace the word with a different one.

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“They didn’t want to put the word ‘poppycock’ in her mouth,” Korsh added. “I presume because they didn’t want people cutting things together of her saying ‘cock.’ So, we had to change it to ‘bulls***’ instead of ‘poppycock.’”

As for who made the request, Korsh admitted that he doesn’t know which royal family member wanted the line change and doesn’t “remember the process by which they got” the scripts.

Just when we thought we knew everything about the royal family.

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