Meghan Markle's 'Suits' Co-Star Slams Royal Family For Amplifying Bullying Accusations
Patrick J. Adams joins supporters and friends who have come out in defense of Meghan Markle following a Times of London report alleging the Duchess of Sussex "bullied" former employees.
"Meghan Markle and I worked together on suits for most of a decade," wrote Adams, who played Meghan's love interest on screen and attended her wedding to Prince Harry, on a passionate Twitter thread on Friday.
Patrick J. Adams as his "Suits" character Mike Ross and Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane. Adams posted a long Twitter thread defending his former costar against allegations of bullying. (Photo: Robert Ascroft / USA Network / NBCU Photo Bank / Getty)
“From day one she was an enthusiastic, friendly, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family. She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power came about. "
Adams said the alum "suits" has a "deep sense of morality" and a "strict work ethic".
"Like the rest of the world, I have seen her navigate in amazement over the past few years," he said, watching as she "began the difficult work of finding its place in a family dynamic that can be described as complicated at best and at worst Case archaic and poisonous. "
Meanwhile, the actor said that "reading the endless racist, slanderous, click-baiting vitriol that was spat in their direction" made him "sick".
Adams noted the hatred didn't stop when Meghan and Harry greeted their son Archie.
“On any decent planet, it would be a time to stop sharpening your knives and let these two people enjoy the magical first months and years of starting a family. But we don't live on this planet and instead the hunt went on, ”he said.
“It is OBSCENE that the royal family, the newest member of which is currently growing, is promoting and reinforcing allegations of bullying against a woman who herself was essentially forced to flee to the UK to protect her family and her own mental health protect. Adams wrote.
"This latest chapter and its timing are just another striking example of the shamelessness of an institution that has outlived its relevance, far surpasses credibility and appears to be bankrupt," the actor continued.
"Find someone to exhort, curse, and torment," wrote Adams. "My friend Meghan is a way out of your league."
After the Times article was published on Tuesday, a Meghan spokeswoman told HuffPost that she “is saddened and deeply committed to this recent attack on her character, particularly as someone who was the target of self-bullying works to support those who have had pain and trauma. "
On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace responded to the allegations with an unprecedented statement that it was "very concerned about the allegations in the Times following allegations made by former employees of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex".
"Accordingly, our HR team will investigate the circumstances described in the article," the Palast said in a statement shared with HuffPost, adding that it "does not and does not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."
One by one, former colleagues and friends of Meghan spoke out on social media to defend the Duchess:
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The Sussexes spokesman commented on the timing of the allegations, which were released shortly before Meghan and Harry, in an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.
"It is no coincidence that distorted, multi-year-old allegations intended to undermine the Duchess are being shared with the British media just before she and The Duke are supposed to speak openly and honestly about their experiences over the past few years," the spokesman told The Times.
It's unclear if the Duchess of Sussex will in any way address the article's allegations during her upcoming interview with Oprah, which was taped weeks ago.
The two-hour Prime Time Special will be broadcast on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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