When you're dating royalty, the world is watching your every move. So when Meghan Markle first started seeing Prince Harry, she resorted to everyone's favorite junior high tactic for discussing her bae: using code names.
Wendell Pierce who plays Robert Zane (Markle's on-screen father) on Suits, revealed that he and Markle used to talk about her relationship with the prince "in code" to keep her affair private. Pierce revealed in an upcoming appearance on Harry Connick Jr's show, HarryTV, that the two had their own secret phrases to prevent gossip from spreading.
"We always talked about him in code really," Pierce said in the interview, according to The Daily Mail. "You know, 'How you doing?', 'Oh I’m going to London, coming from London,' whatever." Alright, so we probably would've chosen something a little less obvious than "London" as our code word if we were Markle. But, considering that the duchess-to-be managed to keep her relationship with Prince Harry pretty private in the beginning, it must've worked!
Pierce, 54, added that he remembers filming his final scenes in November 2017 with his "fake daughter" before her permanent move to England. "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,'" Pierce said. After the couple's engagement was announced, Pierce also took to Twitter to wish them the best and give Harry his fake-father stamp-of-approval.
When Pierce was asked if he would be attending the royal wedding in May, Pierce replied, "I hope so." Same, Wendell, same.
Though Markle only announced the news of her engagement in November, the actress had already been planning to give up her six-year career on Suits for over a year. “I knew from a year ago that this relationship was burgeoning,” Suits creator Aaron Korsh said of Markle’s departure from the show in an interview on U.K. radio show Today on Radio 4. “And I had a decision to make because I didn’t want to intrude and ask her, ‘Hey, what’s going on and what are you going to do?’ So collectively with the writers, we decided to take a gamble that these two people were in love and it was going to work out.”