Before she married a prince and became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle starred as Rachel Zane on USA's hit legal drama Suits. Wendell Pierce plays her father, Robert Zane. With his TV daughter having joined the Royal Family and her real-life father having publicly expressed his upset regarding the circumstances leading up to her wedding, Wendell Pierce has offered some advice for Markle's dad. When asked about Thomas Markle, Pierce said:
If you care about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, then that should be first and foremost in your mind before you say anything. If you love your daughter, just love your daughter. It's not for public consumption.
Wendell Pierce shared his words of wisdom in an interview with The Telegraph. And the actor also shared a bit of insight about some words he shared with Meghan Markle when the father-daughter TV duo were filming the Suits wedding for Markle's Rachel. Pierce says that while filming the episode, he could sense Markle's life was about to change. Was he ever right about that! In an illustration of life imitating art, the wedding of Markle's Rachel aired before her real-life wedding to Prince Harry.
In his interview, Wendell Pierce shared that he seized the moment filming Markle's TV wedding to assure the future Duchess that she could count on him as a friend to call, no matter what was happening in her ever-changing life. It is something that had to have brought her a great sense of comfort. Pierce and Meghan Markle had co-starred on the series together for several years. Pierce's advice to Thomas Markle comes after her father has repeatedly discussed his daughter with the press.
That has been going on since his daughter's May wedding to Prince Harry. Making the media rounds, Thomas Markle has been quite outspoken when discussing his daughter and the Royal Family. Thomas Markle is not the only one who has been buzzing about the Duchess of Sussex. So has a fan of Suits, who shared that the now-retired actress told them that she also missed the USA drama. Markle starred on Suits from 2011 to the end of Season 7 in 2018.
She left the show in Season 7 with a happy ending in store for her character Rachel. The Suits character's aforementioned wedding played a key role in her exit story. As to whether or not Meghan Markle's father will take her TV father's advice, only time will tell. At least, the Duchess of Sussex has the comfort of knowing her TV dad is thinking of and there for her, even as her real-life father continues his headline-making disclosures to the press.
You can catch Wendell Pierce as James Greer in Amazon's Jack Ryan, when the first season bows on August 31. As for Suits, the show's eighth season is currently airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on USA. Summer is still happening! Check out the new shows still on the horizon with CinemaBlend's summer premiere guide. For new television premiering this fall, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's fall premieres.