“I had a really wonderful moment as we were coming to an end of her time on the show,” the 54-year-old actor recalled.
“It was just she I in the room and I said, ‘I know your life is going to change, but always know, no matter where you are, I will always be your loving fake father.’”
When Markle's engagement was announced in November of 2017, Pierce tweeted his approval. "Congratulations to my TV daughter Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the news of their wedding engagement," he wrote. "Harry you have her TV father's blessing. Robert Zane approves."
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It was recently confirmed that Markle's co-star and TV fiance Patrick J. Adams would be following her out the door at the end of Season 7. The duo will be reportedly saying goodbye to their long running legal drama in a two-hour season finale that is set to air Wednesday, April 25. The show's creator Aaron Korsh praised the stars for their work on the series, Entertainment Weekly reported.
“I would like to thank Patrick and Meghan for their extraordinary contributions over the last seven years,” Korsh said in a statement. “Not only have they been outstanding in their roles as Mike and Rachel, they are also superb human beings who will always be beloved members of the Suits family, and we wish them well in their days to come.”
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News of Markle's exit came in early November, just before Kensington Palace announced her engagement to Prince Harry on Nov. 27. The real-life lovers will tie the knot in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19. As well wishes poured in for the pair, Markle's on-screen lover cracked a joke about her upgraded relationship status.
The actor tweeted a link to Kensington Palace's announcement of the engagement news and added his own quip as a caption: "She said she was just going out to get some milk…"