Royal Wedding: Patrick J Adams and Gabriel Macht arrive
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Patrick played Mike Ross, the main character on the TV legal drama, and Meghan played his love interest, Rachel Zane. Their character got married at the end of season seven, just months before Meghan’s real-life wedding to Prince Harry. Patrick took to Twitter after Meghan was hit with allegations of bullying last week, to speak out in support of her.
He wrote: “Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits.
“From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family.
“She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power accrued.
“She has always been a powerful woman with a deep sense of morality and fierce work ethic and has never been afraid to speak up, be heard and defend herself and those she holds dear.
“Like the rest of the world, I have watched her navigate the last few years in astonishment.”
He added that the dynamic of the Royal Family is “archaic and toxic” and said he was “sickened” by certain reporting he saw about her.
Meghan enjoyed a close friendship with Patrick during her time on Suits and after, and many noticed their fantastic on-screen chemistry.
However, their off-screen chemistry was just as lightning, according to the book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’.
Author Andrew Morton claimed that when Meghan married her first husband, Trevor Engelson, her friendship with Patrick made guests raise their eyebrows.
He wrote: “The first episode of Suits aired on June 23 to generally favourable review and, more importantly, an enthusiastic audience.
“Cast, crew and the money men at the network were ecstatic, the producers thrilled that their gamble to cast Meghan opposite Patrick had paid off big time, the show’s fans buzzing about the couple’s on-screen chemistry.
“Their off-screen chemistry was equally noticeable, almost uncomfortably so, according to guests at Meghan and Trevor’s wedding, which took place in Jamaica in 2011.
“The two actors clearly developed a bond of familiarity that is invariably the corollary of working up close and personal for so long and so intensely.”
It is a relatively common phenomenon that actors playing opposite each other end up falling for one another ‒ Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weiss, to name a few.
In fact, Patrick himself fell for an earlier co-star, Troian Bellisario, who he worked with on the play Equivocation in 2009.
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The pair dated for a year and then broke up, but Patrick was determined to win her back.
So, after Troian scored a role in Pretty Little Liars, Patrick got himself a bit-part and surprised her at the table read-through.
They got back together, got engaged in 2014 and married in 2016.
Meanwhile, Meghan divorced Trevor in 2013 and met Prince Harry on a blind date three years later.
Patrick and Troian both attended Meghan’s second wedding ‒ to Prince Harry ‒ in 2018.
Regardless of their relationships with other people, Meghan and Patrick’s on-screen intimacy apparently “led to speculation that the pair had fallen into the trap of many co-stars” ‒ that of falling for one another.
According to Mr Morton, their connection was immediate.
He wrote: “When [Meghan] began the standard table read of the script, it was obvious that Meghan and Patrick generated chemistry ‒ this elusive quality, the showbiz equivalent of lightning in a bottle.
“It was vital that they had a spark as the ups and downs of their love story would be a narrative arch throughout the series, if the show was picked up by the network.”
Of course, the show was picked up, and Meghan starred in it for a full seven series.
After she departed in order to join the Royal Family, Suits continued on for a further two series, but Patrick also left the show, only returning as a guest star for one episode in the ninth season.
Patrick explained their friendship in a different way, insisting they were likely close because they were both young and “grew up together” on Suits.
He once told writer Leslie Goldberg: “In some ways, Meghan and I were the closest because we were the youngest people in the cast and both came in with the least experience.
“We grew up together over the course of the show.”
Patrick clearly still sees Meghan as a close friend, coming to her defence in his emotive Twitter rant.
He said: “She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic.
“It sickened me to read the endless racist, slanderous, clickbaiting vitriol spewed in her direction from all manner of media across the UK and the world, but I also knew that Megha was stronger than people realised or understood and they would regret underestimating her.”
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