How ‘kiss’ picture with Meghan Markle and co-star sparked controversy

Meghan and Patrick have a close friendship and he was even invited to her 2018 royal to Prince Harry, along with his wife Troian Bellisario. However, the pair got into hot water in August 2017 when Patrick posted a throwback selfie of the two of them in which Meghan is kissing him on the cheek. He captioned the photograph with “Ross and Rachel – the next generation”, in a reference to their on-screen characters’ relationship.

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In an interview with Esquire, Patrick said: “I went to bed, and woke up in the morning and realised ‘Oh, yeah. I live in a world where you can’t post things about Meghan.’”

At the time, Meghan had been dating Harry for over a year and royal fans were not impressed by his choice of photo or words.

Online left numerous negative comments and insults, as well as some speculating that Patrick and Meghan were in fact dating.

Due to the backlash from the photograph, Patrick deleted his post and then left Instagram altogether.

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meghan markle patrick j adamsMeghan Markle and her co-star Patrick J Adams (Image: GETTY)

meghan markle suitsThe infamous kiss picture (L) (Image: Instagram (Patrick J Adams) & GETTY)

He said: “I had this onslaught of people retweeting the thing, people thinking it was a recent picture, and I just thought, 'What the hell is going on?’

“It was such an innocent moment of sentimentality that was twisted into something totally different.”

Patrick’s ‘Ross and Rachel’ comment was clearly just meant as a reference to their characters’ relationship.

Meghan played feisty paralegal Rachel Zane and Patrick played the lead character Mike Ross in the TV legal drama Suits.

meghan markle newsMeghan and Patrick as Rachel and Mike on Suits (Image: GETTY)

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Their characters had a will-they-won’t-they story arch for a good part of the series, and Meghan departed the show in 2018 after their characters got married.

Meghan and Patrick had an on-screen chemistry that captured audiences but, according to the 2018 book ‘Meghan: A Princess’, they also had chemistry off-screen.

In fact, they got on so well that it made guests at Meghan’s first – to producer Trevor Engelson in 2011

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