Following news of "Suits" actress Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, the USA network announced show creators had already prepared for Markle's departure and made plans to write her out last year. 

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Although Markle will no longer appear in the drama series, the impact she made on "Suits" will certainly live on — namely, the way she got show creators to stop using her character to appease the male gaze. 

To get writers to stop objectifying her "Suits" character, Markle revealed she had to flat-out refuse to film certain scenes.

"This season, every script seemed to begin with 'Rachel enters wearing a towel,'" Markle told a panel discussing the gender gap in 2014. "And I said, 'Nope! Not doing it anymore. Not doing it!'"

She called show creators and reiterated her worth.

"I called the creator and I was like, 'It's just gratuitous. We get it,'" Markle continued. "You've already seen it once, so I think at a certain point, you feel empowered enough to just say 'no.'"

Markle wasn't afraid to put her foot down — but she admitted it took her years to get to that point.

Meghan Markle stood up to Suits creators about objectifying her character, Rachel
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Markle said she understood why some women feel like they don't have a voice, especially young women just entering the work force.

"It's a challenging thing to do if you don't know your worth and your value," she insisted to the panel. "For me, speaking up and being able to say, 'I'm not going to do that anymore' has been a big shift for me personally."

Markle stressed the important role men play in female empowerment. 

"You need the men to stand up and empower women," she noted. "I think what scares people is this idea female empowerment is somehow threatening. No it's not!"

Markle concluded, "If you're empowering women, you're empowering the community."

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