Meghan Markle’s former Suits co-star defends her against ‘bullying’ allegations: ‘Find someone else to torment’

Patrick J Adams says duchess is an ‘enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive’ person

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Friday 05 March 2021 21:06

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Meghan Markle’s former Suits co-star Patrick J Adams has defended her against allegations of bullying in a strongly worded Twitter thread.

Adams portrayed Mike Ross on the legal drama throughout seasons one to seven, returning in a recurring role on season nine. Ross was a love interest to Meghan’s own character, Rachel Zane.

In a lengthy Twitter thread on Friday, Adams called Meghan an “enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive” person and spoke out against the allegations of bullying she has faced.

Buckingham Palace said earlier this week it was launching a probe into allegations made against the duchess by former members of staff. Meghan’s spokesperson said in a statement the duchess “is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma”.

On Twitter, Adams wrote about his former co-star: “Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits. From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family. She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power accrued.”

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He said he has “watched [Meghan] navigate the last few years in astonishment”, adding: “She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic.”

Adams said he was “sickened” by “the endless racist, slanderous, clickbaiting vitriol spewed in her direction from all manner of media across the UK and the world”.

He added: “It’s OBSCENE that the Royal Family, [whose] newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of ‘bullying’ against a woman who herself was basically forced to [flee] the UK in order [to] protect her family and her own mental health.”

The actor described “this newest chapter” as what he views as “just another stunning example of the shamelessness of a institution that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency.”

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Adams ended his thread with the following words: “Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league.”

His decision to speak out came in the lead-up to an interview of Prince Harry and Meghan by Oprah Winfrey, which will be broadcast on Sunday in the US and is expected to be shown in the UK on 8 March.

A Palace representative declined to comment when approached by The Independent.

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