Looks like Meghan Markle might be getting her chance to walk down the aisle before her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry...on Suits, that is.
Markle's Suits costar Patrick J. Adams, who plays her character's fiancé, recently told The Hollywood Reporter he would be leaving the show. USA also announced Markle's retirement from Suits after her engagement last November, but don't blame Harry—the show's writers had planned Markle's grand television departure a year in advance so that she could go be a royal and live happily ever after and what not. So, with Rachel Zane and Mike Ross's characters leaving the popular paralegal television show after the current season, what does this mean for the on-screen couple's romance and upcoming marriage? Might we finally hear wedding bells chirping softly from our TVs, or will a dramatic plot twist intervene?
The long-awaited series will return this March to finish off the second part of season seven. Adams, who is married to Pretty Little Liars alum Troian Bellisario, dropped hints to The Hollywood Reporter about the culmination of the season and whether Rachel and Mike would exit the show on a high note, wedding and all.
"A lot of times when actors leave shows, a gun gets pulled out in a courtroom or something. Without spoiling too much, yes, I think Mike and Rachel are two characters that there has never been any question that they’re in love and that they’re meant for each other and that they’re willing to go to great lengths and sacrifice a ton in order to keep their relationship going," said Adams. "It just so happens that the timing of how I was feeling [about leaving Suits] and what was going on in Meghan's life created an opportunity where there was no need to force some conflict or tear Mike and Rachel apart. It allowed us to go on to whatever happens next for Mike and Rachel together."
While vague, his answer does give hope that we might get to see Markle sport a wedding dress before her real-life nuptials. When asked whether Adams and Markle's characters would have a positive wedding experience, Adams responded with, "The only thing I can say is that you should really watch episode 16." Duly noted.
Unfortunately, Markle's potential Suits wedding won't give any clues about her IRL upcoming royal wedding this spring. "Aaron [the Suits creator] has always actively avoided any sort of real-life commentary," said Adams. "He actively wanted to keep those two worlds totally separate. People can draw their own conclusions and comparisons. The last season of Suits has been really special in that we didn’t let anything bleed into our world." Sadly, no royal wedding spoilers will be in sight.
According to Adams, he and Markle didn't plan their simultaneous departures from the series. "With Meghan, a lot went unsaid. Meghan has this whole crazy part of her life that’s just beginning now," he said. He added that, "There was this natural sense that we both knew that the time had come for both of us. It went unspoken and we just enjoyed the hell out of the last few episodes that we got to shoot. We both knew that we wouldn’t be coming back. It made every one of our scenes that much more special. We had a great time." Sounds like they both ended their Suits careers with a bang. The show signed on for an eighth season, so Suits fans can still get their fix, with or without Markle and Adams.
While Suits definitely won't be the same without Meghan Markle (and also Patrick J. Adams, of course), we know her next role, future duchess, will certainly Suit her. We couldn't be more excited to watch her modern-day Cinderella story unfold off-screen.