Before Meghan Markle was the Duchess of Sussex, she was the queen of Suits: a TV show on USA that apparently all your friends secretly watch. It’s a paint-by-numbers legal drama featuring office romances, snappy dialogue, and pencil skirts. Markle’s character, Rachel Zane, partook in all three of those activities, making her a fan favorite for seven seasons. Suits effectively wrapped up Rachel’s storyline in April: After years of back-and-forth, she and Mike (Patrick J. Adams) finally tied the knot. (Coincidentally, Markle’s TV wedding happened just a few weeks before she married Prince Harry.) It was a sweet and poignant ending to a fictional relationship that included lots of in-office make-out sessions.
Well, an almost ending. Rachel Zane was very much a part of the Suits season eight premiere, which aired Wednesday night. No, Markle didn’t make an appearance in the flesh to reprise her role, but Vulture reports the characters did talk about Rachel and Mike’s new life in Seattle. In an early scene from the premiere, Donna (Sarah Rafferty) helps Rachel’s father Robert (Wendell Pierce) settle into his new digs at the Zane Specter Litt law firm. “I’m gonna miss her too,” Donna tells Robert after he brings up Rachel, to which he responds, “I’m not sure what’s worse, finding out Mike is a fraud or him taking my daughter away.”
Rachel even made an appearance last night—in the form of a framed photo that also included Mike. “A little welcome-to-the-firm present from your little girl,” Donna says, before giving the photo to Robert. Awww.
Donna and Robert start forming a friendship in the office—which is a nice passing-of-the-torch of sorts, seeing as how she was so close with Rachel for seven seasons. “You think Rachel didn’t tell her father about the mighty Donna Paulsen?” Robert says to Donna. “I guess I never thought of her as much of a chatterbox,” she says cheekily in response. Rejoice, my friends. Rachel Zane lives on.
I wonder if Meghan Markle caught the season premiere from Buckingham Palace.