Meghan Markle has been happily married to Prince Harry for six years now.
It’s fair to say that the couple have embarked on an extraordinary journey, having two children, leaving the Royal Family entirely, and moving to the US.
Of course, her union to Harry isn’t the first time Meghan Markle has been married – she actually tied the knot back in 2011 with Trevor Engelson.
Meghan and Trevor divorced just two years later, and she went on to become a big television star through her role in the series Suits. Trevor, meanwhile, continued his journey in the entertainment business.
What really caused the divorce between Meghan and Trevor is still quite the mystery. However, a royal expert has now suggested that Meghan divorced him “out of the blue” – and that there was a particular reason for her doing so.
Here’s all you need to know about Meghan Markle’s first marriage.
Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California.
At a young age, she was welcomed into the world of show business thanks to her father, Thomas Markle, an Emmy award-winning lighting director. On many occasions, Meghan got to join her father on set.
She attended the all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, which was a big contrast compared to being on set.
“Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married, with Children, which is a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic school uniform to grow up,” she told Esquire.
“There were a lot of times my dad would say, ‘Meg, why don’t you go and help with the craft services room over there? This is just a little off-color for your 11-year-old eyes.’”
As a child, Meghan showed a strong will to change the world to a better place. By age 11, she saw a commercial for a dishwashing soap only aimed at women, which upset her.
“I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things, that just Mom does everything,” she said.
Her father supported his daughter’s will to change things, and aided her in writing to high-profile people, including Hillary Clinton, hoping they could help. Just a few days later, the company producing the soap changed its slogan from “Women All Over America” to “People All Over America.”
Since Meghan was very interested in show business, she went on to study communication at Northwestern University. She says she always wanted to act but “hated the idea of being this cliché a girl from L.A. who decides to be an actress.”
Later, she moved to Illinois to double-major in theater and international relations at the prestigious Evanston school.
Following her getting an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, Markle thought she might head into a career in politics. However, the theater was always her biggest dream, even if her first job in show business wasn’t all that great.
Markle auditioned for shows at the same time as she studied, but her first role was actually as a briefcase girl on the game show Deal or No Deal.
“I was the ill-fated number 26, which for some reason no one would ever choose,” Meghan told Esquire.
“I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down.”
Soon after, she started appearing in productions, landing more minor roles in films such as Get Him to the Greek and Remember Me, as well as the television series General Hospital. However, everything changed in 2011 when she landed the part of paralegal Rachel Zane on USA’s monster hit Suits.
She got great advice from her dad, having been a photography director.
“I will always find my light, no question,” she said. “And if I don’t, I’ll know, because my dad will be the first person to call me and say like, ‘You need to have him bring another 2K in,’ and ‘Why aren’t you using this sort of lighting gel?’ The crew guys know that it’s where I grew up.”
Meghan Markle – who is her first husband Trevor Engelson?
Meghan played the part of Rachel Zane on Suits until 2018. That was the year her life would again change forever when she met and married Prince Harry.
As we know, however, Meghan had actually been married once before.
While yet at the beginning of her successful acting career, Meghan met her first husband, Trevor Engelson. According to IMDB, he was born on October 23, 1976, in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, and attended the University of Southern California’s School of Communications.