When you’re in an exciting new relationship, of course you want to talk about it with your friends, even your friends at work. But for Meghan Markle, that was a little more complicated than for the average person. When you’re dating an actual card-carrying member of the royal family, it’s pretty frowned upon to gossip about it around the watercooler. So on the set of Suits, Markle had to come up with another plan.
Wendell Pierce, who played her father on the show, just appeared on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show, Harry, where he explained how Markle was able to get away with giving updates to certain costars who were in the loop about her exciting new relationship without giving anything away to eavesdropping ears.
“She met this nice guy and we always talked about him in code, really,” Pierce explained. “You know, ‘How you doing?’ ‘Oh, I’m going to London, coming from London, whatever.'”
All the cast members who knew about Markle and Harry’s relationship before it became public reportedly talked to her about it that way. And you have to give them props for having her back and keeping such a juicy secret to themselves. I know if my coworker were dating an actual bona fide prince, I’d want to tell everyone I know.
That just shows how tight-knit the cast of Suits was; Pierce also opened up about the last words he had with Markle when she exited the show to focus full-time on her royal future.
“I had a really wonderful moment as we were coming to an end of her time on the show,” he said. “It was just she and I in the room, and I said, ‘I know your life is going to change but always know, no matter where you are, I will always be your loving fake father.'”