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Patrick J Adams has launched a passionate defence of former Suits co-star Meghan Markle on Twitter, explaining he knew her only to be 'enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive'.
The 39-year-old actor wrote: "Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits.
"From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family. She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power accrued.
"She has always been a powerful woman with a deep sense of morality and a fierce work ethic and has never been afraid to speak up, be heard and defend herself and those she holds dear."
He continued: "Like the rest of the world, I have watched her navigate the last few years in astonishment.
"She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic.
"It sickened me to read the endless racist, slanderous, click-baiting vitriol spewed in her direction from all manner of media across the UK and the world but I also knew that Meghan was stronger than people realised or understood and they would regret underestimating her.
"And then they welcomed Archie [her son with husband Prince Harry]. And on any sort of decent planet that would be a time to stop sharpening the knives and let these two people enjoy the magical early months and years of starting a family.
"But we don't live on that planet and instead the hunt continued."
Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits. From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family. She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power accrued.- Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021
Patrick then turned his attention to the Royal Family, writing: "It's OBSCENE that the Royal Family, who's newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of 'bullying' against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea the UK in order protect her family and her own mental health [sic].
"IMO, this newest chapter and it's timing is just another stunning example of the shamelessness of a institution that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency [sic].
"Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league."
Meghan has once more found herself at the centre of heated debate, after a preview clip of her interview with Oprah Winfrey - due to air in full on 7 March - was released yesterday (Friday 5 March).
The clip shows Meghan saying she was 'not afraid of the consequences of speaking out' in the wake of stepping back from royal duties, alongside her husband Prince Harry - an action which has sparked controversy across UK media.
Also among those having their say, following the clip, was outspoken Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan. He's publicly taken aim at Meghan on previous occasions, and here he took several more swipes.
One of his many tweets on the topic said: "Liberated from Royal Duty... but continues to exploit her royal titles to make millions of $$$. The Duchess of Disingenuousness".
However, Suits creator Aaron Korsh also supported Meghan on Twitter, saying: "Meghan Markle is not a monster. She's a strong woman with a kind heart who's trying to make her way in an unimaginable situation.
"I don't know the specifics of some incident from years ago but if late night emails makes you a horrible person, then I'm going to hell 50 times over."
Meghan and Patrick appeared on Suits between 2011 and 2018, with Patrick also attending Meghan and Harry's wedding in May 2018.
Words: Cilene Tanaka
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