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"Suits" Star Meghan Markle Was Forbidden By Royal Family From Saying This Word

Things changed when she started dating Harry.

Prior to becoming a princess, Meghan Markle was just another Hollywood actress struggling to make a name for herself. After working as a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal and landing bit parts on television shows like the remake of 90210, Markle landed her breakout role on the hit television series Suits. Recently, the show has experienced an undeniable revival, becoming one of the most streamed shows of the moment. In honor of the piqued interest in the series, the creator sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and dished on some inside scoop about the actress, even revealing that she was forbidden from saying a certain word on the show. 

Suits Creator Aaron Korsh Revealed That Things Changed When Meghan Started Dating the Prince

Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams on "Suits"
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Creator Aaron Korsh worked with Meghan after she landed her big role on the show and before she started dating Prince Harry. He explains that a lot changed when the Prince came into her life. 

She Was Forbidden From Saying One Word, Korsh Claims


He claims that once she started her romance with the Prince, she was forbidden from saying one word. "The royal family did not want her saying the word," Korsh said. 

The Word? Poppycock


The word in question might not be familiar to most Americans. What was it? Poppycocks, he said. 

He Admits He Was "Excited" When Meghan Started Dating Harry


"Oh, I was as excited in some ways as everybody else," Korsh said about how he felt when he learned that his leading lady was being courted by Prince Harry.  

But There Were Drawbacks, Like Security Issues and the Royal Family Weighing In "On Some Stuff"

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Cardiff, Wales in January 2018

"I mean, your initial reaction is, like, 'We're dating a prince!'" Korsh added. "But the security and all that stuff, we shot in Toronto and the writers room was in L.A., so other people were dealing with that. I will say, and I think Harry put this in the book, because I heard people talking about it — [the Royal Family] weighed in on some stuff." 

They "Couldn't Do" a Few Things and "It Was a Little Irritating"


"Not many things, by the way, but a few things that we wanted to do and couldn't do, and it was a little irritating," Korsh continued. 

They Wanted Her to Say the Word Poppycock


"I remember one was a particular line of dialogue and, look, I'll just say what the line was. My wife's family, when they have a topic to discuss that might be sensitive, they use the word, 'poppycock.' Let's say you wanted to do something that you knew your husband didn't want to do, but you wanted to at least discuss it, and in just discussing it, you wouldn't hold him to anything he said, you'd be like, 'It's poppycock,'" Korsh said.

But the Royal Family "Did Not Want Her Saying the Word," Creator Claims


"So, in the episode, Mike and Rachel [Markle's character] were going to have a thing, and as a nod to my in-laws, we were going to have her say, 'My family would say poppycock.' And the royal family did not want her saying the word," he claimed.  

He Says "They Didn't Want to Put the Word 'Poppycock'"


"They didn't want to put the word 'poppycock.' I presume because they didn't want people cutting things together. So, we had to change it to 'bulls*t' instead of "poppycock," and I did not like it because I'd told my in-laws that [poppycock] was going to be in the show. There was maybe one or two more things, but I can't remember." 

He Doesn't Know How They Even Got the Scripts

Markle Markle talks about her father Thomas Markle during Oprah interview
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He added that he doesn't know how "they" (the Royal family) got the script. "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," he said. 

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She Didn't Tell Him the News

Meghan Markle speaking to a microphone.

He also said that it wasn't Meghan who called to tell him the news. "It might have been the directing producer at the time, or her agent. Whoever it was, they didn't like having to tell me any more than I liked having to hear it. But listen, when they explained it that way, and I'm pretty sure it got explained to me that it was about that [splicing potential], I had some sympathy because I wouldn't want somebody doing that to her either. And the thing is, I didn't think anybody really would, but also I don't know. People are crazy," he added. 

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