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Meghan Markle’s co-star Patrick Adams apologizes for sharing ‘Suits’ throwback pics

'It was an embarrassing oversight'

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Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross and Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane on Suits. Photo by NBCUniversal

Patrick J. Adams has apologized for sharing throwback photos from his time on Suits, including snaps featuring his former co-star Meghan Markle, amid the actors strike.

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“The last couple of days I foolishly and thoughtlessly let a trip down Suits memory lane distract me from the very real and ongoing fight everyone in @sagaftra continues to wage in its effort to win our membership realistic 21st Century compensation and protections,” Adams wrote in his Instagram Stories.

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During the strike, which began on July 14, union members are not allowed to promote any acting work under SAG-AFTRA’s contract rules.

“It was an embarrassing oversight for which I’m incredibly sorry,” Adams added. “So grateful to those who gently and swiftly course corrected me here. And I look forward to continuing the fight in the days and weeks ahead.”

Patrick J. Adams

Adams played Markle’s on-screen love interest on the show — which ran for nine seasons — portraying legal associate Mike Ross. Markle left the Toronto-shot show in 2018 ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, in one of the photos, Markle was seen in character as Rachel Zane lying upside down barefoot up in the air as she posed beside co-star Sarah Rafferty, who played Donna Paulsen. “I miss my friends,” Adams wrote.

Another post featured a carousel of shots with Markle, Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Max Topplin and Gina Torres, with the caption, “Each and every one of them.”

The legal drama has become an unexpected streaming favourite since it hit Netflix in June. The following month, the nine-season drama, which aired from 2011 to 2019, broke a record on the streamer for total viewing time.

Earlier this week, Variety reported that the series had accumulated 2.5 billion minutes watched making it the No. 1 title on Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings for Aug. 28-Sept. 3 for the 11th week in a row.

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But renewed interest in the series didn’t mean more money for its creative team.

Last month, Suits writer Ethan Drogin wrote in the Los Angeles Times that he received a $259.71 residual cheque for his work on the TV hit.

“This is why writers and actors are on strike. This is why SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher has used terms such as ‘un-American’ to describe this system,” he wrote.

“Even in a best-case scenario — which Suits most definitely is — streaming simply offers no upside for writers and actors and no correlation between results and compensation.”

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