The Royal Family Didn't Want Meghan Markle Saying Certain Lines on Suits

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Suits is suddenly everywhere, thanks to the fact it is now streaming on Netflix, and Meghan Markle's role in the hit USA legal drama is back in the news. While there's no reboot currently in the works—and it's unlikely the Duchess of Sussex would return even if there wasSuits creator Aaron Korsh believes Meghan's fame has contributed to the recent popularity of the show.

In Prince Harry's memoir, Spare, he writes about Meghan and Suits after they began dating. "Meg packed up her house, gave up her role in Suits. After seven seasons. A difficult moment for her, because she loved that show, loved the character she was playing, loved her cast and crew—loved Canada," Harry wrote. "On the other hand life there had become untenable. Especially on set. The show writers were frustrated, because they were often advised by the Palace comms team to change lines of dialogue, what her character would do, how she would act."

Korsh spoke further at length about this, telling the Hollywood Reporter, "I mean, your initial reaction is, like, 'We’re dating a prince!' [Laughs.] But the security and all that stuff, we shot in Toronto and the writers room was in L.A., so other people were dealing with that. 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. 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, "I remember one was a particular line of dialogue and, look, I’ll just say what the line was. My wife’s family, when they have a topic to discuss that might be sensitive, they use the word, 'poppycock.' Let’s say you wanted to do something that you knew your husband didn’t want to do, but you wanted to at least discuss it, and in just discussing it, you wouldn’t hold him to anything he said, you’d be like, 'It’s poppycock.'"

In one episode, Mike and Rachel were going to get in an argument, and, Korsh recalls, "We were going to have her say, 'My family would say poppycock.' And the royal family did not want her saying the word. They didn’t want to put the word 'poppycock' in her mouth. I presume because they didn’t want people cutting things together of her saying 'cock.' So, we had to change it to 'bullshit' instead of 'poppycock,' and I did not like it because I’d told my in-laws that [poppycock] was going to be in the show. There was maybe one or two more things, but I can’t remember."

When the changes came through, it was not from Meghan herself, but rather the Palace, as Harry insinuates in Spare. Korsh says, "Meghan did not call me. I can’t remember. It might have been the directing producer at the time, or her agent. Whoever it was, they didn’t like having to tell me any more than I liked having to hear it. But listen, when they explained it that way, and I’m pretty sure it got explained to me that it was about that [splicing potential], I had some sympathy because I wouldn’t want somebody doing that to her either. And the thing is, I didn’t think anybody really would, but also I don’t know. People are crazy."

Korsh says he doesn't know how Buckingham Palace got the scripts, but "I was aware that they were reading them because I got the feedback, but I don’t remember the process by which they got them."

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