How long was Meghan Markle on ‘Suits?’

Meghan Markle portrayed Rachel Zane on “Suits” from its inception in 2011 through to its seventh season in 2018. During her time on the show, Markle’s character, Rachel, navigated a compelling journey from paralegal to attorney, all while her relationship with Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams, became a central focus of the series.

Markle’s departure from “Suits” was announced in 2017, coinciding with her engagement to Prince Harry, which marked a significant turning point in her personal life. Patrick J. Adams also exited the series around the same time. Reflecting on their departures, Adams remarked in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that there were many unspoken aspects to Markle’s decision, given the new chapter opening up in her life.


In a later interview at Variety’s Power of Women event in November 2023, Markle fondly recalled her time on “Suits,” emphasizing the camaraderie among the cast and crew. She described her seven seasons on the show as a great experience, highlighting the fun they had while working together.

While “Suits” remains a standout role in Markle’s career, she had also appeared in other TV series and movies prior to landing the role of Rachel Zane. Her portrayal of Rachel continues to be a memorable part of her journey in entertainment, though whether she might return to the show in the future remains uncertain.

Markle’s transition from actress to royalty and subsequently to public figure has cemented her in the spotlight, adding another intriguing layer to her already multifaceted career.