Meghan Markle back in Suits for first time since Harry

The Californian actress, 35, an active humanitarian campaigner, plays paralegal Rachel in the popular series which returned from a mid-series break on Wednesday (pictured with her costar on Wednesday's episode)
  • Meghan Markle, 35, is back in legal drama Suits for the first time since her relationship with Prince Harry became public
  • She shared a romantic embrace with her onscreen fiance in Wednesday's show 
  • A trailer for the rest of the series reveals Markle  donning an elegant white bridal gown with a full chiffon skirt 
  • The Prince's girlfriend was also seen resting her hand on her costar's thigh
  • Harry and Markle are believed to have got together over the summer
  • News emerged of relationship in October and the royal confirmed it in November

Meghan Markle is back in legal drama Suits for the first time since her relationship with Prince Harry became public. 

The Californian actress, 35, an active humanitarian campaigner, plays paralegal Rachel in the popular series which returned from a mid-series break on Wednesday. The last episode aired on September 14 - just weeks before Markle's relationship with the British royal became public.

Prince Harry and Markle are believed to have started dating back in June. He then confirmed their relationship last November when he hit out at the ‘sexist and racist’ trolling of new girlfriend. 

 Meghan Markle is back in legal drama Suits for the first time since her relationship with Prince Harry became public (pictured sharing a close embrace with her onscreen fiance Mike - played by Patrick J Adams)

Meghan Markle is back in legal drama Suits for the first time since her relationship with Prince Harry became public (pictured sharing a close embrace with her onscreen fiance Mike - played by Patrick J Adams)

 The Californian actress, 35, an active humanitarian campaigner, plays paralegal Rachel in the popular series which returned from a mid-series break on Wednesday (pictured with her costar on Wednesday's episode)

The Californian actress, 35, an active humanitarian campaigner, plays paralegal Rachel in the popular series which returned from a mid-series break on Wednesday (pictured with her costar on Wednesday's episode)

 The last episode aired on September 14 - just weeks before Markle's relationship with the British royal became public (pictured in Wednesday's episode) 

The last episode aired on September 14 - just weeks before Markle's relationship with the British royal became public (pictured in Wednesday's episode) 

On Wednesday, Markle's character grappled with the decision of whether or not to stay at the law firm of Pearson Specter Litt. She was forced to choose whether to stay loyal to her friends at the firm, but risk her dreams of becoming an attorney, or take the easy way out and take a job at her father's firm.

Even though the firm is in chaos, thanks to a power struggle between two of its partners, Rachel chooses to stay. 

Meanwhile Markle's onscreen fiance Mike, who has recently left jail after the authorities discovered he'd been practicing law without passing the bar, discovers life is tough as an ex-con. 

 Meanwhile Harry - and the rest of the world - got his first glimpse of what Markle would look like as a future bride in a trailer where she dons a wedding dress 

Meanwhile Harry - and the rest of the world - got his first glimpse of what Markle would look like as a future bride in a trailer where she dons a wedding dress 

 Her hair is tied in a chic up-do and she sports minimal jewellery in the teaser

Her hair is tied in a chic up-do and she sports minimal jewellery in the teaser

 Intimate: Meghan Markle and co-star Patrick J Adams in a TV trailer for the popular legal drama Suits

Intimate: Meghan Markle and co-star Patrick J Adams in a TV trailer for the popular legal drama Suits

The TV couple's tender embrace afters Mike finally finds a job may have been hard to watch for Harry.

But there is far worse to come as the mid-season premiere trailers see Markle cosying up with her co-star Patrick J Adams, who plays disgraced lawyer Mike. In another clip she is seen resting her hand on his thigh.

She also shared a less romantically-charged hug with another lawyer, Louis, after he offered her a job at the firm, and her onscreen father Robert in Wednesday's episode.

Meanwhile Harry - and the rest of the world  - got his first glimpse of what Markle would look like as a future bride in a trailer where she dons a wedding dress.

The promotional clip sparked huge excitement as the 35-year-old actress donned an intricately embroidered wedding dress - featuring a plunging neckline and a full chiffon skirt. 

A teasing line ‘They’re almost royalty’ was shown on TV screens before a shot of Markle wearing a wedding dress appears. Although the tantalising hint was only a trailer for the show, it will only encourage speculation that Royal nuptials could be on the cards.

 Harry and Meghan are believed to have been seeing each other for the past eight months

Harry and Meghan are believed to have been seeing each other for the past eight months

Speculation is rife that Meghan might not be a member of the show’s cast for much longer – and the actress’s private life could be responsible, with fans suggesting she could be moving to London for good in order to spend more time with Harry.

In a recent interview, series producer Aaron Korsh said that while Meghan’s character would not be written out of the show soon, there was no certainty as to what would happen in the long term.

While Harry has been linked with a succession of past girlfriends, including Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, he is believed to be more strongly committed to his relationship with Los Angeles-born divorcee Miss Markle.

The couple are widely reported to have gone away together on holiday to Norway recently. And just days later after coming back to London, Harry is said to have introduced Meghan to his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Absent from the actress's hand in Wednesday's episode was the henna tattoo she's been spotted sporting after her recent trip to India.

 On Wednesday, Markle's character grappled with the decision of whether or not to stay at the law firm of Pearson Specter Litt

On Wednesday, Markle's character grappled with the decision of whether or not to stay at the law firm of Pearson Specter Litt

 She was forced to choose whether to stay loyal to her friends at the firm, but risk her dreams of becoming an attorney, or take the easy way out and take a job at her father's firm (pictured hugging her father)

She was forced to choose whether to stay loyal to her friends at the firm, but risk her dreams of becoming an attorney, or take the easy way out and take a job at her father's firm (pictured hugging her father)

 She also shared a less romantically-charged hug with another lawyer, Louis, after he offered her a job at the firm

She also shared a less romantically-charged hug with another lawyer, Louis, after he offered her a job at the firm

Meghan, 35, was spotted at Mumbai airport recently with a temporary henna tattoo on her right hand following her five-day trip. She had been spending time in Delhi promoting young women's health and hygiene for the charity World Vision Canada. 

Prince Harry's love interest took part in high level meetings with various NGOs during the visit, including an audience with Shamina Shafiq, a former member of the National Commission for Women.

American Meghan spent around five days in India before returning to Toronto, where Suits is filmed.

She was no doubt delighted to make the visit on behalf of the charity for which - like Princess Diana - she's an ambassador. 

This is not the first time Meghan, 35, has used her high profile to support causes close to her heart, as she's also a United Nations women’s advocate for Political Participation and Leadership.

Her passion for activism is something she has in common with her royal beau. 

Harry, 32, is well known for his work with a number of charities across the globe - in particular founding Sentabale, an organisation which provides support for children living with HIV in Southern Africa, and he is also a founding patron of the Invictus Games. 

 Maghan was spotted with a henna tattoo on her right hand had been spending time in Delhi promoting young women's health and hygiene for World Vision Canada

Maghan was spotted with a henna tattoo on her right hand had been spending time in Delhi promoting young women's health and hygiene for World Vision Canada

The pair, who are believed to have been dating since last June, recently enjoyed their first holiday as a couple.

Meghan and boyfriend Harry might have spent the Christmas holidays apart but whisked themselves away for a trip to Tromso, on the Norwegian fjords, where they whale watched and enjoyed romantic lake trips. 

The couple had opted for a secluded cabin where they could enjoy maximum privacy.

Their accommodation had reportedly been picked following advice from Harry's friend Inge Solheim, a polar explorer who has previous organised trips for the royal, such as a skiing holiday in Kazakhstan. 

MEGHAN MARKLE: HOW THE ACTRESS IS AN ACTIVE HUMANITARIAN CAMPAIGNER 

 Meghan Markle is best known for her role as Rachel Zane in hit US TV drama Suits

Meghan Markle is best known for her role as Rachel Zane in hit US TV drama Suits

Meghan Markle - best known for her role as Rachel Zane in hit US TV drama Suits - has been confirmed as Prince Harry's girlfriend by Kensington Palace.

The Californian actress, 35, is an active humanitarian campaigner - particularly on the topic of gender equality - and was this year named global ambassador for World Vision Canada.

Her activism started at a young age. At 11 she forced a soap manufacturer to alter an advert after she wrote a letter to then first lady Hillary Clinton and other high-profile figures complaining that it implied women belonged in the kitchen.

Rumoured to have met Harry, 32, in May while he was in Canada promoting Invictus Games Toronto 2017, she has kept her romantic life separate from her social media presence.

Miss Markle was born on August 4 1981, to a clinical therapist mother and TV lighting director father, and grew up in Los Angeles.

She studied at a girls' Roman Catholic college before graduating from Northwestern University School of Communication in 2003, just as her acting career was beginning.

Miss Markle first hit US screens when she featured in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002, before moving on to roles in CSI, Without A Trace and Castle.

In September 2011 she married film producer Trevor Engelson, but the pair divorced less than two years later.

Miss Markle was born in 1981, to a clinical therapist mother and TV lighting director father, and grew up in Los Angeles

Miss Markle was born in 1981, to a clinical therapist mother and TV lighting director father, and grew up in Los Angeles

By 2011 she had starred in three major Hollywood films: Get Him To The Greek and Remember Me in 2010 and Horrible Bosses in 2011.

A self-proclaimed foodie and beauty, fashion and travel enthusiast, she founded the lifestyle blog thetig.com, which has more than 106,000 followers on Instagram and 11,000 on Twitter.

She said setting up the website was an attempt to 'reframe the beauty content to include think pieces about self-empowerment' and feature dynamic, inspirational women.

In a post on the thetig.com explaining how she balances her fame and activism, she said: 'I've never wanted to be a lady who lunches - I've always wanted to be a woman who works.'

Her socio-political activism has become increasingly important to her in recent years, with her work in Africa a passion she and Harry have in common.

She has carried out charity work in the continent after her parents exposed her to extreme poverty in countries such as Jamaica as a child. She travelled to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign, while Harry has recently spent time in Malawi.

Her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with United Nations Women, where she received a standing ovation for a speech made on International Women's Day.

Commenting on how she combines her glamorous lifestyle with her humanitarian commitments, she said: 'While my life shifts from refugee camps to red carpets, I choose them both because these worlds can, in fact, co-exist. And for me, they must.'

 

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