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This is how Meghan Markle was written out of Suits

A two-hour finale sent the soon-to-be Royal and her on-screen fiancé off for good.

By TV Week team

Meghan Markle has said goodbye to her acting career in the most fitting way.

Ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry, the star has donned a white gown for her on-screen nuptials.

In the season seven finale of Suits' Meghan's and Patrick J Adams' characters Rachel Zane and Mike Ross finally got their fairytale ending.

A taste of what's to come, perhaps? *Credit: USA Network*
A taste of what's to come, perhaps? Credit: USA Network
The on-screen couple finally tie the knot! *Credit: USA Network*
The on-screen couple finally tie the knot! Credit: USA Network

The two-hour special, which aired last night, saw both Rachel and Mike receive job offers from another lawyer Andy Forsyth (Harry Judge). It was happy news for the couple, but there was a catch. The new firm is based in Seattle.

Deciding the offer was too good to refuse, the pair shift forward their wedding day and marry in an intimate ceremony in front of their closest friends. And naturally, it was redhead stunner and all-round queen, Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty), who manages to pull it all together last-minute.

Their vows, meanwhile, were as beautiful as the decor, and left not a single dry eye in the house (us included!)

"I know that I fought it at first, but now, Mike, I can't imagine living alongside anyone else for the rest of my life," Rachel said at the altar. "You are the strongest man I have ever met. And you make me stronger. You are the husband I've always wanted. And I can't wait to begin our adventure together."

Mike responded with: "If I've learned one thing, it's that we never know what the future holds. And that can be a scary thing. But I know that there is nothing that I can't handle when I have you by my side."

And you can watch it all unfold in the video below.

The highly-anticipated episode has been a long-time coming, with Meghan confirming her departure in November last year.

"I don't see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change," Meghan said in her announcement.

"I've ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I've done there, and now it's time to work with [Harry] as a team."

Mike and Rachel say "I do!" *Credit: USA Network*
Mike and Rachel say "I do!" Credit: USA Network

It's the last time we'll see Meghan in an acting role, but perhaps not the last we'll hear of Rachel.

Speaking to Deadline, Suits creator Aaron Korsch says he wants their absence to feel as natural as possible.

"There's no doubt that the absence of Mike and Rachel will be played and referred to and talked about," he declares.

"In particular just think about Rachel, Robert Zane is her father, right?

"Obviously our character will be aware of their absence and we will try to have them talk about them as they would in real life."

There even seems to be love blossoming among other characters! *Credit: USA Network*
There even seems to be love blossoming among other characters! Credit: USA Network

As for her co-star Patrick, Aaron reveals the door has been left open for Mike's return.

When Patrick left, he and I discussed it and decided we're both open to having Mike come back, 100 percent," he enthuses.

"I would love to have that happen!"

Aaron adds viewers will be glad Rachel and Mike go out on a high note.

"The whole thing was emotional, and I felt like we all went out on a real high note," he says.

"I feel like hopefully we went out on a high note creatively but I know we went out with great feelings towards each other personally at the end of the season."

The wedding looks beautiful. *Credit: USA Network*
The wedding looks beautiful. Credit: USA Network

Patrick himself has also farewelled fans in a short-but-sweet tweets that reads: "Tonight my last episode of #Suits ever is airing. Weird. Hope it doesn't disappoint. Thank you to everyone who turned an audition into 7 surreal years of my life. Hope you enjoy it. I know I have. Peace."

The departure of two main characters (both of whom starred in the show since its premiere) means season eight of Suits will be rejuvenated, Aaron reveals.

"The addition of Robert Zane and the dynamics that that does for all of our existing characters I feel like gives new life to the show," he says, adding Katherine Heigl's character is set to shake things up in the firm.

"I think it's a good thing."

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