Former 'Suits' Director Jumps to the Defence of Meghan | 22 Words

Meghan Markle's Suits director has spoken out in defense of the actress in a deeply personal post, following the scathing attacks she's received online after her interview with Oprah.

He leaped to her defense in a recent Instagram post...

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And he really didn't hold back, all while sharing some exclusive behind the scene photographs with Meghan.

Canadian director and photographer Derek Ursacki was left furious after hearing what people were saying about the star...

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Scroll on to find out what he had to say...

Now, many would argue that, since stepping down as senior royals in January 2020, the scrutiny surrounding Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, has intensified to unimaginable levels.

In a joint statement via Instagram, Harry and Meghan announced that they wanted "a normal upbringing for their child" and they felt that spending their time between the U.K. and America would be much more appropriate for their family environment.

Quite understandably, this came as a huge shock worldwide...

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As it did to the royal family themselves.

Reports at the time of the announcement claimed that the Queen wasn't notified of Harry and Meghan's plans to step down until after their social media revealation.

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Her Majesty published a statement shortly afterward, which read:

"Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

Harry's relationship with his brother, William, also came under strain following his departure, reports claimed.

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The future King of England was reported to have distanced himself from Harry and Meghan, with claims surfacing that the pair didn't speak for months.

But, regardless of the controversy, the couple stuck to their word and made the move to Los Angeles...

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Where they remain today in Montecito, Santa Barbara, an area renowned for its secluded hillside estates that promise the utmost privacy and, thus, have attracted a whole host of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, and Ellen DeGeneres, who all own homes there.

The pair seem to be living the lives they've always wanted in L.A...

And to make things even more exciting, they announced on Valentine's Day that they are expecting their second child together with this highly-publicized photoshoot.

But despite the big move and step down, the couple still weren't content with their roles in the British monarchy...

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So, last month, they announced that they would officially not be returning as working members of the royal family.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said the royals were "saddened by their decision" but that Harry and Meghan "remain much-loved members of the family."

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"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service," the statement read.

"The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."

Predictably, the announcement triggered a media storm...

And among all of the love and support came the negativity and surges of criticism.

In the weeks following their dramatic departure, the couple remained relatively under the radar...

Until Harry took part in a widely televised interview with friend and host, James Corden, for The Late Late Show.

Alongside chatting about his new life in L.A, Harry revealed - for the first time - the reason he and Meghan stepped away from the royal family.

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When asked, "what made you walk away from the royal family?", Harry politely corrected him by saying, "I didn't walk away."

"It was stepping back rather than stepping down. It was a really difficult environment that I think a lot of people saw... we all know what the British press can be like! And it was destroying my mental health, I was like 'this is toxic!'"

"I did what any husband and father would do."

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"I needed to get my family out of there!" he then said.

"But we never walked away. And as far as I'm concerned whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away. I will always be contributing but my life is public service, so wherever I am in the world it's going to be the same thing."

Following this groundbreaking interview, it was then announced that the couple had sat with their friend and broadcasting giant, Oprah Winfrey, for a tell-all interview.

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And of course, many bombshells and revelations were dropped.

Both Meghan and Harry discussed highly personal topics, such as the effect the bad press had on their mental health...

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The truth behind allegations, such as Meghan allegedly making her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, cry, and how Meghan actually contemplated suicide while pregnant with Archie.

The couple have received a flurry of support following the interview...

And now the director of Suits has also defended the former royal after watching the interview...

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Derek Ursacki took to Instagram to recall the years that they spent working together on the set of Suits.

He is one in a long line of Meghan's friends who have spoken out on her behalf in recent weeks...

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Writing: "I spent 5 years working with Meghan on Suits as an assistant director dealing mostly with cast."

He continued...

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"She was always a pleasure to work with and was always kind with a huge heart, easy going, humble even after the fame of the show and her popularity skyrocketed, so full of life, so giving, supportive and funny."

Ursacki went on to say that it "broke his heart" to see the Duchess of Sussex share her battle with mental health issues...

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"The media has been so ruthless towards her with so many negative stories attacking her without really knowing what she is truly going through," he wrote.

"Until you walk a mile in someone's shoes nobody should judge or make negative comments about anyone and nobody should have to live under constant attack and fear for their safety."

Ursacki concluded his post with another tribute to Meghan...

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​Writing: "In my heart of hearts I know Meg has not changed and is still the sweet person I worked with for those 5 years. I wish her my very best and thank her for the many great memories I am fortunate and blessed to have had."

Alongside his comments, he posted several behind-the-scenes images from the Suits set...

Including a snap of himself and Meghan as her character on the show.

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