Meghan Markle ‘couldn’t imagine life’ without ex-husband Trevor Engelson

Meghan Markle's ex-husband Trevor Engelson remarries

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have started a brand new life together separate from the Royal Family and welcomed their second child, Lilibet, two weeks ago. However, the couple did not meet until their thirties and so both have a history in terms of ex-partners. Harry dated Zimbabwean businesswoman Chelsy Davy on and off for around seven years and then actress Cressida Bonas for two years.

Meghan, meanwhile, was in a relationship with Hollywood producer and talent agent Trevor for nine years and was married to him for two of them.

At one point, Meghan said she could not imagine her life without Trevor, according to the biography ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’.

Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jnr told biographer Andrew Morton that Meghan and Trevor adored each other.

He recalled seeing them at his grandmother’s funeral, saying: “She was completely head over heels and seemed really happy when I saw them together, despite the sad circumstances.

“They seemed extremely happy together.”

He later told that Trevor “worshipped the ground she walked on”.

The pair lived together, travelled together and owned dogs together.

In 2011, they enjoyed a romantic wedding in Jamaica surrounded by family and friends.

The weekend included parties and wheelbarrow races on the beach, before a short ceremony in which they recited vows they had written themselves.

However, things started to deteriorate when Meghan moved to Toronto, which is where Suits was filmed.

Their 2011 wedding actually coincided with this upheaval and so much of their married life was spent in different countries, as Trevor stayed in LA where his business was.

While they made an effort to see each other at first, as time went on, Meghan realised she was forming a new life without her husband.

Biographer Andrew Morton wrote: “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.

“As Toronto was becoming more her home than LA, the dynamics in their relationship subtly altered.

“She was her own woman now, earning a steady income, making new friends on-set off, no longer dependent on her husband’s connections.”

For years, Meghan had pestered Trevor to help her get auditions or allow her to be in one of his films as she tried to climb the greasy Hollywood poll.

However, now she had her big break on the hit legal drama, she no longer required his help with her career.

Meanwhile, Trevor’s career was stagnating; his latest film, Orange Alert, was a flop.


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Friends reportedly noticed the change in dynamic that Trevor did not seem entirely happy with.

What’s more, the fact they had separate homes became increasingly clear as Meghan spent long periods away from LA.

When she visited what had been their joint home, she was irritated by the state he left it in and his general lackadaisical attitude to life.

On the other hand, when Trevor visited her in LA, he felt like an “outsider and a “distraction”.

The two were very different people; Meghan a self-confessed perfectionist who liked to keep her life and space ordered, while Trevor was constantly late and untidy.

Mr Morton wrote: “Even though Trevor opened an office in New York, only an hour’s flight to Toronto, to expand his business and be nearer to Meghan and his own family, cracks began appearing in their marriage.

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“What once endeared, now irritated.

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

“He was notorious for arriving late, his clothes rumpled, his hair disheveled and often as not with a new stain on his seersucker jacket.

“‘Sorry bro,’ was a constant refrain as he hurtled from meeting to meeting, always just behind the clock.

“Meghan’s home in Summerhill was a vision of order and crisply ironed perfection.

“When she flew back to their LA home when Trevor had been in solo residence for a few weeks, the sight that greeted her increasingly rankled.

“Though Trevor would consistently visit, he often felt like an outsider, his presence an irritating distraction.”

They finally called time on their marriage in 2013, filing for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

They are now both happily married to other people, with Trevor marrying dietician Tracey Kurland in 2019.

Trevor has always refused to speak to the press about his ex-wife, although friends told Mr Morton that he had been angry by how things ended between him and Meghan.

One friend said he had “the rug pulled out from under him” with her sudden decision to end the relationship.

Meghan: A Hollywood Princess was written by Andrew Morton and published by Michael O’Mara in 2018. It is available here.

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