Royal family changed one of Meghan Markle's lines in Suits

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Creator of 'Suits' revealed that the royal family had a say when it came to the script of the series, here's why.

Before Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, she was popular for being one of the headliners of a famous TV show. Suits needs no formal introduction, given the immense popularity it has garnered since it started airing in 2011. Being the show that launched Meghan Markle as a mainstream actress, Suits really brought her under the spotlight.

Despite Suits being Meghan’s profession, the royal family had a say in the legal drama series. Here’s how the royal family got involved in the making of the iconic television show.

The royal family’s involvement in Suits

Meghan Markle’s character Rachel Zane took the legal drama show by storm and really set the tone for paralegals who aspired to be lawyers. Meghan, who acted in Suits well into her relationship with Prince Harry, starred in the show from 2011 to 2018, before tying the knot and becoming a royal in 2019. During the serious stages of their relationship, it was almost like the entire Suits team was in a relationship with the royal family, especially its writers.

In fact, it has recently been revealed that the royal family even made alterations to the script, and allegedly had secret access to the content, which no one knows how. Here’s what happened behind the scenes.

The taboo word

The creator of Suits, Aaron Korsh recently brought to light the fact that the palace used to weigh in on the scripts and had a say in it. This was true in the case of Meghan’s scripts almost exclusively. Ever since Meghan Markle began her relationship with Prince Harry in 2016, some things began to change, and the makers didn’t have entire creative freedom over the scripts, which was said to be a ‘little annoying’.

Korsh recalled an incident in particular, wherein the royal family had a problem with Meghan saying the word ‘poppycock’ on screen. This word then had to be replaced with ‘bullshit’ to avoid (royal) family drama.

Bullshit is the new poppycock

Aaron Korsh opened up to the Hollywood Reporter about this particular incident, that left the scriptwriters unhappy, and said the following about the script change.

“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. The line was changed to “bullshit”.

In fact, Prince Harry himself confirmed this meddlesome nature of the royal family in his book ‘Spare’, wherein he said the following.

“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.”

The ‘secret’ agent

Korsh also revealed that he had no clue as to how the royal family had access to the script. He literally had no idea who was calling the shots or communicating these issues to the makers of the show. According to Vanity Fair, he said the following.

“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.”

And it was not Meghan herself who brought the edits to the table, as mentioned by Korsh. He had difficulty remembering who exactly it was that delivered the bad news about the scripts. As per The Guardian, he said.

“It might have been the directing producer at the time, or her agent” who relayed the message. Whoever it was, they didn’t like having to tell me any more than I liked having to hear it.”

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