Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement in September 2017 after dating for nearly two years. But in the run-up to the engagement, rumours of the couple preparing to tie the knot was rife and forced the then-actress to take extra security steps to keep news of the nuptials breaking. Meghan Markle's former Suits co-star Wendell Pierce revealed the then-actress was once ordered to remove a fake engagement ring before leaving her car to keep paparazzi from taking pictures of the prop and sparking a frenzy among royal fans.
Speaking to KTLA 5, Mr Pierce said: "I didn't think it was happening and then one day, on the set, there was an MI5 guy.
"There was this MI5 guy on set so I said, ‘well, this must be serious.’ They sent someone over.
"Then one time, we were doing a scene before they got engaged where she was engaged with Mike on the show and they said, ‘wait, don’t get out of the car'."
He added: "They said, ‘give us the ring because there’s a paparazzi down the street.’ And if the photo got out with the ring..."
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Meghan Markle was ordered to take her ring off before the wedding announcement (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle's original engagement ring included two diamonds from Princess Diana's collection (Image: GETTY)
The actor also said he had prepared to tell Prince Harry to treat his pretend-daughter well but was unable to chat with the royal during his visit on set.
He added: "He came to set one time, the prince - I didn’t get the chance to see him.
"But I was ready to tell him, as the TV dad, ‘you know, you break her heart’ - I was really going to say that but then I didn’t get the chance.
Following her engagement with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle retired from her acting career and moved to the United