The actor who played Meghan Markle’s on-screen father in Suits has revealed the advice he gave her before she joined the royal family.
Wendell Pierce - who starred alongside the Duchess of Sussex, 38, for four years as her character Rachel Zane’s father Robert in the hit TV show - said that he gave her a kind-hearted warning in the run-up to her wedding to Prince Harry, 35.
Speaking on BBC's Desert Island Discs, the actor, 55, told host Lauren Laverne that her life would be “forever changed” when she married the Duke.
He also insisted to his then co-star - who left the series in 2017 - that she would “have a friend” in him always.
According to the Guardian, Wendell recalled: “I said ‘Look, listen, your world is going to be forever changed and no matter where you are, you can always know that you have a friend in me’”.
In the same interview he recounted the time Meghan - who he had worked with since 2013 - had to remove a fake engagement ring she was wearing for scene where she was already betrothed to on-screen boyfriend Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams, in case onlookers thought Harry had already proposed.
The star explained: “We were shooting one day, before the engagement. In the show she was engaged, and she had a ring on.
“We were about to get out of the car and I said: ‘Don’t get out. Give us the ring. There’s a paparazzi down the street. If a photograph got out with you with a ring on it, it would explode all over the world’.”
It comes after Meghan told an ITV documentary that her British friends had initially “warned her off” Harry.
Speaking to journalist Tom Bradby in ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’ the mum to five-month-old Archie admitted she had been naive about the UK media and was told it "will destroy your life".
The Duchess explained that her first year of marriage had been “hard”.