Meghan Markle's 'Suits' Costars Knew She and Prince Harry Were Getting Serious When British Security Showed Up On Set

Meghan Markle's former Suits costar, Wendell Pierce, revealed in a new interview that the cast of the USA hit learned Meghan and Harry were serious when MI-5 agents showed up on set to protect her. The notoriously private couple hadn't told the cast yet at that point.

Meghan Markle Suits
(Image credit: USA Network)

Honestly, there probably isn't a "normal" or "chill" way to learn that your coworker is dating an actual royal, but the cast of Suits learned that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) were the real deal in an especially crazy way.

According to Wendell Pierce (opens in new tab), who played Meghan’s dad on the hit series, the news came in maybe the least subtle way possible: The appears of British secret service (opens in new tab) protecting Meghan (opens in new tab) on set. Yup.

“I actually didn’t believe it was real, then all of a sudden I turn around and there is this guy from MI-5 [that would be the British security service] on set every day,” he told Extra (opens in new tab).

Suits - Season 7

(Image credit: USA Network)

Wendell also confirmed what those of us with eyes and internet access already know: That Meghan is doing "wonderful" as a royal. Still, even if it's obvious just by looking at her, it's nice to hear it confirmed by someone who actually knows the actress-turned-duchess.

"The one thing that was clear, she was extremely happy (opens in new tab)… She had a glow," Wendell said of how the relationship affected Meghan when she was still on Suits (opens in new tab). "I knew she was in love… With the whirlwind of publicity and the world of being a royal now, the one thing that’s constant is the fact that I know she loves him."

According to Wendell, the MI-5 officers really were the biggest clue the cast of Suits got about Meghan's romance. She was apparently very vague (opens in new tab) about it in the beginning, even with castmates.

"She met this nice guy and we always talked about him in code really. You know, 'How you doing?' 'Oh, I’m going to London, coming from London, whatever,'" Wendell said (opens in new tab) in a different interview earlier this year.

As much as it might be a bummer that Meghan couldn't sing her love from all the rooftops of Toronto from the beginning, we know that period of secrecy was vital to her relationship with Prince Harry.

"I don’t think that I would call it a whirlwind in terms of our relationship," Meghan said during their engagement interview (opens in new tab). "Obviously there have been layers attached to how public it has become after we had a good five, six months almost with just privacy, which was amazing. But no, I think we were able to really have so much time just to connect and we never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long distance relationship. So it’s — we made it work."

Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.