Meghan Markle's first marriage—who was Meghan's first husband and what is he doing now?

Who was Meghan Markle's first husband and what is her ex doing now?

Meghan Markle's first husband Trevor Engelson
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Meghan Markle was married and divorced before she met Prince Harry in 2016, but who was her first husband and what is her ex doing now?

• Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in 2018—but the Duke of Sussex isn't Meghan's first husband.
• Meghan was married to ex Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013.
• In other royal news, the awkward remark Zara Tindall made about Harry and Meghan's wedding has been revealed by a lip reader

Who is Meghan Markle's ex-husband?

Before she married Prince Harry in 2018, Meghan Markle was previously married to Hollywood producer Trevor Engelson. 

Meghan and Trevor met in 2006 and dated for six years before finally getting engaged in 2010.

The former actor tied the knot with Trevor on Stepmberin the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on September 10, 2011—just a few months after Meghan Markle's Suits career launched. 

The wedding was a lavish four-day celebration with family and friends, with Meghan reportedly wearing a strapless white dress with a silver jeweled belt. 

It's understood the ceremony was attended by Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, but it is not clear if her father Thomas was there too.

Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson attend COACH

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Trevor Engelson was born in New York and is 41-years-old, making him five years older than Meghan. 

He works as a film producer who had been at the helm of films including the romantic movie Remember Me starring Robert Pattinson. He is also said to manage and represent screenwriters, actors, directors, and novelists.

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How long was Meghan Markle's first marriage?

Meghan's first marriage to Trevor Engelson lasted just two years. The couple separated in 2013, citing “irreconcilable difference” for their split. 

Their divorce was finalized in August 2013, and Meghan met Prince Harry in July 2016.

Harry and Meghan confirmed their engagement in November 2017 and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor after marrying at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

In 2020, the pair moved to LA to start a new life with their son Archie, having stepped back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. 

Actress Meghan Markle (R) and her husband Trevor Engelson arrive at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Why did Meghan Markle get divorced?

Some reports claim Meghan's role on Suits, which she filmed in Toronto while her husband Trevor worked in Los Angeles, was to blame for the breakdown of the marriage, a couple are believed to have struggled to make a long-distance relationship work.

According to an excerpt from Andrew Morton's biography of Meghan, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, "A wealthy entrepreneur friend claimed the marriage ended so abruptly that Meghan sent her wedding and engagement rings back to Trevor by registered post. Another confirmed that the decision to end the marriage was made by Meghan and that it had come 'totally out of the blue'."

It's understood Meghan's former co-star and friend Abby Wathen said she and the actress bonded over going through divorces at similar times. 

At the time Abby said, “I was destroyed [after my divorce], but [Markle] was empowered. She took her power back. It wasn’t the right relationship for her, so she moved on."

According to The Sun, Trevor struggled with the relationship breakdown. An insider said, “The split with Meghan hit Trevor pretty hard. He went through a rough time during the break-up and that was only made worse when Meghan got together with Harry. He had to re-live it all again — this time in public." 

Despite not being the most amicable of divorces, with hurt feelings on both sides, Trevor is said to have bounced back and things are looking "great for him".

What is Meghan Markle's ex-husband doing now?

Producer Trevor Engelson (L) and Tracey Kurland (R) attend the screening of Netflix's "The After Party" at the ArcLight Hollywood on August 15, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

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Meghan Markle's ex-husand Trevor is currently said to be working on a fictional show for a US TV network that is based on a woman marrying into royalty.

According to reports, the official pitch for the show, being developed by the Fox network boasts, "Divorce is hard. Sharing custody is harder. Sharing custody with the British Royal family when your wife marries a prince, in the unforgiving spotlight of London’s tabloid media, is next level."

Trevor has since moved on with his life romantically as he has married US heiress and nutritionist Tracey Kurland but has consistently refused to discuss his former relationship with Meghan, and is reported to have said, “I have zero to say about her,” when asked about her in an interview.

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.