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You could argue that Meghan Markle studiously prepared for a life as a princess through her character, lawyer Rachel Zane on the popular Toronto-shot drama Suits.
Rachel is bright, but not brighter than her boyfriend Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams).
When he’s got a big case she plays loyal backup. And, of course, she rarely takes credit for anything. Unlike the brazen Princess Diana, this future bride will not outshine her man under any circumstance.
“I’m going to help you kick that Mike Ross wannabe’s ass!” she says enthusiastically in an upcoming episode of the legal drama previewed by the Star.
Suits returns March 28 at 9 p.m. on Bravo after a midseason break. But after seven seasons, it has pretty much run out of plot and the inherent tension of the show has vanished.
The conceit of the series had a top corporate lawyer (Gabriel Macht) hiring fake Harvard-educated hotshot Ross (Adams). But Ross, a genius with a photographic memory and no legal training, has served time for practising without a licence. The jig is up when everyone knows Superman is Clark Kent as the show dissolves into yet another legal drama.
The real reason for watching Suits now, of course, is princess-in-waiting Markle, who’s to marry Britain’s Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 19.
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The American actress might be fourth on the call sheet as Zane, but she is now the show’s best known cast member globally. And the most anticipated television wedding of the season will be Zane’s screen marriage to Ross.
Suits creator Aaron Korsh has strongly hinted there will be a wedding in the season finale. The two-hour episode on April 25 will be the perfect royal watcher’s warm-up for the real thing less than a month later.
The Star previewed the first three episodes of the second half of Season 7 to see what we can glean about the upcoming TV nuptials.
We know from media reports that scenes from the wedding take place at downtown Toronto’s King Edward Hotel and its newly renovated Crystal Ballroom, a good fit since the hotel is named after Harry’s royal ancestor. No word yet on whether Markle’s jewelry is from her favourite Canadian store, Birks (yes, the one your grandma used to shop at, which is suddenly hot again).
But apart from the fact that Markle now has access to the royal jewels and she never has to shop retail again, how prophetic will her TV wedding be relative to the real thing? We compared Rachel’s and Mike’s incredible fairy-tale relationship to Meghan’s and Harry’s incredible fairy-tale relationship. And this is what we found out:
Suits: When we see Rachel in upcoming episodes she is usually pleading with Mike to help out with the wedding. Apparently, because he is a dude, Mike couldn’t care less about wedding planning. And on top of that, he’s tardy in filling out a questionnaire about what he wants in a relationship. It’s important “where we see our lives going” says Rachel.
Real Life: Markle will have a bevy of royal consultants figuring out protocol. The wedding will be scripted to the minute. And she’ll wish all she had to do was fill out a questionnaire. And oh yeah, Harry probably couldn’t care less about the flowers either.
Suits: The two meet at their local pastor’s office to have some premarital marriage counselling. Mike and Rachel immediately start fighting over exactly what they want in a marriage. The pastor says, “You both win because you’re honest with each other.”
Real Life: Markle goes to church all right, but the church is in a palace. And it’s overseen by no ordinary pastor. The Archbishop of Canterbury reportedly baptized Markle into the Anglican church at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace last month. The lesson here is that it’s handy when your grandmother-in-law is the head of the church.
Suits: Rachel tells fellow lawyer Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) he can invite whomever he wants to the wedding.
Real Life: Markle will be lucky to smuggle in her high school besties without snubbing other high profile royals demanding an invite to the big event.
Suits: Rachel tells Mike her dream is to live in Iceland. “It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world … it would be the adventure of a lifetime.”
Real life: Unless she was Elsa, the queen from Frozen, Markle will not be living in tundra anytime soon. She will be shacking up in a cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Although, given that ancient British plumbing isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, that frozen scenario might not be far from the truth.