This Saturday Prince Harry and his American actress fiancee will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry was christened. While it marks the first day of her marriage to the 33-year-old prince, it will not be the first time Meghan Markle has walked down the aisle, having married previously in 2011.
The former Suits actress was, for two years, married to Trevor Engelson, a 41 year-old movie producer from Great Neck, New York. Their marriage reportedly ended abruptly and he is currently working on a pilot episode about an ex marrying a royal – but what else do we know about him?
Who is Trevor Engelson?
Mr Engelson was born on the north shore of Long Island, New York on October 23, 1976. He is currently a film producer and talent manager in Los Angeles after getting his start in the movie industry as a production assistant.
Engelson produced License to Wed, starring Robin Williams, and 2009’s All About Steve; but he is perhaps most well known for producing Remember Me, a 2010 tearjerker starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin. Meghan Markle had a cameo role in the film, playing a character called Megan.
As boss of Underground Management, Engelson also manages screenwriters, actors, novelists, and film directors.
Engelson’s marriage to Ms Markle
Meghan was 23 years-old when she met her ex-husband. They reportedly started dating back in 2004, marrying after seven years together.
Engelson married the Suits actress on September 10 2011 at the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The wedding was a four-day affair and took place in front of 102 guests.
Meghan landed her role in Suits just a few months before they married. However sustaining a long-distance marriage was apparently too difficult for the couple; Ms Markle and Engelson separated after two years. Their divorce was finalised in August 2013, with the couple citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.
Engelson has not spoken about his ex-wife’s new relationship but Ms Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jnr. blamed their divorce on ‘the pressure of Hollywood’.
One source told Woman’s Day magazine that it was her job filming the Suits and the resulting the long-distance situation that ultimately ruined their relationship.
The insider said: «They really battled with long distances. Trevor was based in LA while Meghan was in Toronto, a five-hour flight away. It was a very difficult way to start married life.»
In his controversial new book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Royal biographer Andrew Morton revealed that Ms. Markle returned her wedding and engagement rings to Engelson by registered post after ending their marriage “out of the blue”.
“[Engelson] went from cherishing Meghan to, as one friend observed, ‘Feeling like he was a piece of something stuck to the bottom of her shoe’,” 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.”
Engelson’s latest project? A divorce-themed Royal rom-com
Engelson’s most recent project has been an upcoming television remake of Heathers based on the 1988 film of the same name.
Yet the movie trade website Deadline Hollywood announced in September 2017 that Fox was developing a pilot with Engelson for a story that centres around the story of man whose wife leaves him for a British prince. This was the pitch:
«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.»
The pair did not have children together and the lead characters of the proposed new series are not based on their lives. However Deadline did say the comedy’s idea originated after Trevor had a conversation with fellow producer Dan about what might have happened had he shared custody of children with the Royal Family.
Executives at Fox have signed Modern Family executive producer Danny Zuker to write and a British director, Christine Gernon, to direct.
Deadline also reported that the pilot show had sold for what is “believed to be the biggest commitment for a comedy pitch at the network so far this season.» While it is not clear when filming would begin, one thing is for sure: it is guaranteed to attract audiences and headlines when it does appear on screens.