Meghan Markle forced Suits directors to make her role less raunchy

Meghan Markle’s strong-mindedness saw her force bosses to change her Suits character of Rachel Zane as she had become too "sexualised", royal commentators have claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex is a well-known feminist and her willingness to stand up to those in power has been seen from a young age.

As an 11-year-old, she managed to get an advert changed by corporate giant Procter & Gamble, which she said was sexist.

Before meeting Prince Harry, she had a high-profile role in the law drama Suits with the character Rachel Zane.

Royal biographer Halima Sadat has said how Meghan was not afraid to stand up to bosses on set when she felt her character was being overly-sexualised.

“While she was filming Suits we know that she was very outspoken about what she was wearing on TV so that it wasn’t over sexualised,” Halima said on new Channel 5 documentary Meghan at 40: The Climb to Power.

“She wanted to be portrayed on TV as this strong woman character not as a sex symbol.

“Her character became very popular and she knew then that she had the power then to have a voice At one point she felt comfortable enough in her popularity and power to be able to say I don’t want to have any more scenes where I’m wearing just a towel. She saw that as being gratuitously sexist."

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Royal pundit Emily Andrews also felt Meghan saw her character become popular on Suits and that way she could assert more power.

“I think Meghan has always looked at every opportunity and seen how she could rise,” she told the Channel 5 documentary.

Royal author Tom Quinn also pointed to Meghan's determination and that she did not like her role being so "raunchy".

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Tom said: “She insisted that the character not be so raunchy and be in control of her life, it was very characteristic of Meghan is to take something and try to change it and we know that is what she tried to do with the Royal Family."

Meghan at 40: The Climb To Power airs at 9.30pm tonight (July 24) on Channel 5.

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