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Meghan Markle Once 'Couldn't Imagine Life' without 1ST Husband Who 'Worshipped the Ground She Walked On'

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 16, 2022
11:40 P.M.
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Before Meghan Markle became a royal, she married her first husband, Trevor Engelson. She once felt her life would be incomplete without him, and he worshipped her, but things changed.


Before becoming Duchess Meghan, Meghan Markle was in love with Trevor Engelson. The pair dated for seven years before hosting a weekend of parties and celebrations ahead of their wedding.

They tied the knot in September 2011 in an extravagant Jamaica ceremony. Sadly, the couple's marriage ended in divorce, and now Tom Bower, a royal author, was expected to release a new biography about the former couple's marriage.

Trevor Engelson and Meghan Markle at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner Honoring Ryan Kavanaugh on October 11, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


Unlike Meghan, Engelson had never publicly spoken about their marriage or the duchess until now. Neil Sean, a royal commentator, and expert believed the royal's ex-husband might have "an axe to grind" as we "only know her version of events."

Speaking on his YouTube channel, he noted how there were two sides to the reason behind the former couple's divorce, and only Meghan's was known. However, before the pair ended things, they were so in love.

Thomas Markle Jr. at the Rocco's Collision Presents Celebrity Boxing 68 on May 15, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. | Source: Getty Images


Andrew Morton, author of "Meghan: A Hollywood Princess," claimed in his book that the former "Suits" actress once "could not imagine" a life without Engelson. Thomas Markle Jr., Meghan's half-brother, told Morton that the former couple once adored each other, adding:

“She was completely head over heels and seemed really happy when I saw them together, despite the sad circumstances — they seemed extremely happy together.”

At the time, the former couple was together at Meghan's half-brother's grandmother's funeral. Later, Thomas Jr. noted how Engelson had felt about his half-sister saying he'd "worshipped the ground she walked on."



Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson at the COACH Legacy Photo Exhibit on August 26, 2006, in East Hampton, New York. | Source: Getty Images

Sadly, Meghan and her ex-husband's marriage started showing cracks. When the actress finally got her big acting break in "Suits," she had to relocate from Los Angeles, and she and Engelson lived in different countries.


In Morton's book, he noted how Engelson opened an office in New York so he could be closer to his wife. Suddenly, "What once endeared now irritated" the former loving couple, and:

“Meghan, a self-confessed perfectionist who was as fastidious as she was controlling, had tolerated Travor's scattered approach to life for years.”

Trevor Engelson at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Next Generation on November 6, 2009, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


He arrived late, walked around with "rumpled clothes," messy hair, and often had new stains on his seersucker jacket. In contrast, Meghan's Summerhill home was perfect with ironed-out items.

According to Morton, the former actress once traveled back to their Los Angeles home after Engelson had been living there alone for some weeks and was shocked at the mess. When he visited her in Toronto, he'd started feeling like a stranger, as the writer said:

“Whether she wanted to admit it to herself or not, Meghan who once said she couldn't imagine life without Trevor by her side, was now building a new world for herself.”


Meghan Markle during the Kari Feinstein Pre-Emmy Style Lounge in Los Angeles, California, on September 17, 2005. | Source: Getty Images

Toronto had started becoming Meghan's new home, and her relationship with Engelson changed. She was her own person, making new friends, earning a salary, and not depending on her husband's connections.


The star had spent years allegedly asking Engelson to assist her with getting cast in his projects or to get auditions. The couple had a Vitamix blender that cost $500 and symbolized the growing distance between the two.

Meghan Markle at Madewell, Alexa Chung & InStyle launch of The Alexa Chung For Madewell Fal Collection on September 21, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


The former actress allegedly insisted that the kitchen appliance should go with her to Toronto. She packed it in the back seat of her car that was being moved by truck whereas she could've just bought a new one.

In Canada, it sat on her kitchen counter as a reminder that her home was no longer in Los Angeles. After drifting away from each other, the couple finally faced facts, and in 2013 they separated.

Meghan was the one who filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. In 2019, Engelson got remarried to Tracey Kurland, a multi-millionaire heiress with whom he had two daughters.



Meghan Markle at The Paley Center for Media Presents an Evening with "Suits" Mid-Season Premiere Screening and Panel on January 14, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Morton's book revealed how Engelson was shocked by how his relationship with Meghan ended and allegedly "felt bitterly about it after five years." Ninaki Priddy, Meghan's oldest friend, reportedly said:


“It was such a surprise for Trevor that even at a distance of five years, he can barely contain his anger."

Tracey Kurland and Trevor Engelson at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Dinner on April 17, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


Priddy allegedly shared how the New Yorker, who was laid-back, would switch from his usual demeanor to fury when his ex's name was mentioned in conversations. Thomas Jr. supported the claim revealing that Engelson warned against saying Meghan's name around him.

However, what could interfere with things was the couple [Sussexes] wishing to make their own money, with [Tina] Brown anticipating that this could cause tension with the royals.

Thomas Markle Jr. and celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman at the Rocco's Collision Presents Celebrity Boxing 68 on May 15, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. | Source: Getty Images


Speaking to Express.co.uk, the former actress's half-brother explained how he and Engelson discussed a project he was working on several times. He didn't mind talking to Thomas Jr. but told him he'd hang up if he mentioned her name.

Thomas Jr. said he didn't understand the break-up because his half-sister's ex-husband was someone "who would have given her everything." He alleged that his former brother-in-law had lots of money, a successful production company, and treated the former actress well.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images


While Meghan moved on from Engelson by marrying Prince Harry in 2018, there was speculation about the future of their relationship. Tina Brown, the "The Palace Papers" author, speculated that when the Queen died, things would change.

She thought a new charter would be drawn up with Harry because the Royal Family would realize they needed him somehow. Brown said the Duke of Sussex might get more of what he desired.

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images


She thought Meghan's husband would become a "commuter royal," adding: "I think that Harry is going to want to come back when the Queen dies to serve his country. And I think they will find a way to reel him in. And it's possible that Meghan — maybe they will have a commuter arrangement."

However, what could interfere with things was the couple wishing to make their own money, with Brown anticipating that this could cause tension with the royals. The writer felt Meghan might be more reluctant to return to the UK.

Thomas Jr. also had his take on the couple's relationship. In the series "Big Brother VIP," the Duchess of Sussex's half-brother said: "The guy she was married to the first time … She just walked all over him and dumped him. Harry's on the chopping block next."