Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson dated for seven years before settling down, but their marriage didn't last for long.
Meghan Markle's relationship with Prince Harry has been in the news for a long time. Even since it was found that they were dating they have made headlines. The couple, married for two years, was again fodder for entertainment websites when they decided to step down as royals. Now that a biography on the couple focusing on their withdrawal from the British royal family has been released, multiple people are finding faults with it and the couple.
One of the things the book talks about is Markle's relationship with her ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, a film producer and talent manager in Los Angeles. The couple dated since 2004 and after seven years together, they tied the knot on September 10, 2011, at the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios. Unfortunately, this relationship didn't last and they got divorced in August of 2013, according to Town & Country.
The couple had many issues that included Markle feeling that he didn't support her career. The biography, Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, claims that Markle thought he may have resented her for becoming a rising star. These doubts were in her mind even before her big break. Apparently, she wondered to her closest friends why Engelson didn't support her career, especially since he had so many contacts in the industry. She felt that he didn't help her land acting jobs.
She felt that in their relationship, he was the more "dominant" person and when she was cast in the TV legal drama Suits, which was successful, that dynamic between them changed, as per Express UK. He reportedly didn't like not being the more successful one as she.
It has been claimed that the divorce came out of the blue. Andrew Morton's biography of Meghan, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, said, "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."
But the latest biography revealed that she had been unhappy in the marriage for a long time. To shoot for Suits, Markle had to live in Toronto while her then-husband was in Los Angeles. At the beginning of this arrangement, the couple tried hard to see each other often but things changed between them slowly as they drifted apart, according to Express UK.
In February 2013, Engelson was invited to the Oscars but he didn’t take his wife to the show. He had claimed that he had just the one ticket but the Duchess of Sussex didn't believe him. She had wondered if he didn't want to "share the spotlight" with her and if he wanted to be the "breadwinner" on whom she should rely. From there, it didn't take long before they parted ways. Six months down the line, they were separated.
After all this time, Engelson's uncle Mickey-Miles Felton, who lives in Arizona, has spoken against how Finding Freedom portrays his nephew. He insisted that it is "not even close to who he is."
"Trevor is too good a person to have these kind of thoughts. That is not even close to who he is," Felton told the Daily Mail. "He has made successes out of a lot of people who have worked for him. So, I think the word you use in England for this claim would be 'rubbish'. We would say 'trash.'"
He claims that the book is trying to protect Markle as she was someone "who did something wrong and needs to make themselves look good." His nephew "is not the kind of person who would be jealous of somebody else's success. He has made successes out of a lot of people who have worked for him."
"To me, it's an absurd notion. Whether that makes me naive or not, I don't know. But in all the years I've talked to him, I've never heard anything like that," said Felton, adding that he would have helped Markle.
"Wouldn't you want to help people you are totally in love with? He was just happy for her success. Just thrilled," he said.
Engelson reportedly supported Markle by posting about her accomplishments on social media. After she started dating Prince Harry, her ex-husband felt like he was "a piece of something stuck to the bottom of her shoe," says his friend, according to the Sun UK.