It’s been more than a year since the world said goodbye to Meghan Markle‘s character Rachel Zane on Suits. (If you remember, the duchess transitioned out of her acting role just before her wedding to Prince Harry.) But even though the writers had Rachel and her husband, Mike, move to Seattle to start their own law offices at the end of season seven, she popped up again in last night’s episode. Not physically, of course, but in a cute line that referenced both her fate and Markle’s fairytale life as a royal.
In the episode, Mike—played by Patrick J. Adams—comes back and fills people in on how Rachel is doing. He answers happily, “If I told you how good, you probably wouldn’t believe me.” The show’s official account tweeted this scene out with a wink, writing, “Turns out Rachel is doing REALLY well,” a clear nod to how Markle has settled into her new life as a royal.
Markle worked on Suits for more than seven years before announcing she was leaving the cast to focus on royal obligations. During her first joint interview with Prince Harry following their engagement in 2017, she explained that she didn’t see the end of her acting career as “giving anything up.”
“It’s a new chapter,” Markle said. “And also, keep in mind, I’d been working on my show for seven years. So we were very, very fortunate to be able to have that sort of longevity on a series. And for me, once we hit the 100-episode marker, I thought, ‘You know what, I have ticked this box,’ and I feel really proud of the work I’ve done there. And now it’s time to work as a team with [Prince Harry].”
Here’s hoping this isn’t the last Meghan Markle reference Suits makes this season.