Here’s what you need to know about the man who was once married to the potential new royal princess:
Reports state that Markle and the 41-year-old tied the knot on Sept. 10, 2011, at the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where they had a casual wedding in front of 102 guests. It was the same year the USA Network starlet took on the role of Rachel Zane in the series “Suits.”
Prior to the marriage, Markle and Engelson dated for six years while they were both pursuing their high-profile careers. However, the marriage wouldn’t last.
In September 2013, a source confirmed the couple “quietly separated.” While it’s not exactly clear why the pair parted ways, they cited “irreconcilable differences.” One insider hinted to Woman’s Day at the time that Markle’s hectic schedule for filming “Suits” in Toronto while her husband resided in Los Angeles made married life difficult for the two.
Engelson has remained tight-lipped about his marriage to Markle, despite alleged rumors of publishers offering a major paycheck for a tell-all — that is, until this year.
Deadline reported in September that Engelson was working on an untitled project about a lead character sharing custody with the British royal family after his ex-wife marries a prince. While the comedy may have been inspired by real-life events, the Hollywood news site added the premise is a work of fiction.
Markle and Engelson have no children together and she’s reportedly not involved with the TV series in any capacity. However, it was noted the project originated from a conversation Engelson shared with fellow producer Dan Farah about what life would have been like if the former lovers did have kids.
Markle and Engelson’s romance may have started out like a fairy tale, but Priddy claims things changed soon after the couple walked down the aisle. If Markle’s maid of honor is to be believed, the actress acted differently, “like a light switched off,” following the nuptials.
In her interview with The Sun, Priddy said there were two sides to her former friend. There was the “Meghan Before Fame and Meghan After Fame.” Priddy felt Markle also suffered from a sense of “entitlement.” Engelson was reportedly making multiple trips to Toronto to be by his wife’s side, but Priddy didn’t think the actress “gave him enough of an opportunity” to make their marriage work.
“Suits” may have been reportedly blamed for Markle’s first marriage’s demise, but it may have also led to her recent engagement to Prince Harry. Last month, gossip magazines reported Harry visited Markle on the sets of “Suits” in Toronto.