Meghan Markle is on her way to becoming the future bride of Britain’s Prince Harry, but before becoming the royal’s main squeeze, the American actress was married to Hollywood producer Trevor Engelson.
Kensington Palace announced Monday the 36-year-old “Suits” star is engaged to the 33-year-old son of the late Princess Diana. The two are set to marry in the spring of 2018.
Here’s what you need to know about the man who was once married to the potential new royal princess:
Us Weekly previously reported 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.”
Vogue reported Markle would later return to the tropical getaway in March 2017 with Prince Harry to celebrate the wedding of a mutual friend.
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 to Us Weekly 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 to film “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.com reported in September 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.
Engelson has kept busy in Hollywood. FX Networks reported that his role as a producer took off with the 2007 film “License to Wed,” starring Robin Williams, John Kransinski and Mandy Moore. Then in 2009, he produced “All About Steve” with Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. In 2010, he worked on the 9/11-themed drama “Remember Me” with Robert Pattinson, of “Twilight” fame.
Engelson is currently producing “Snowfall,” a series that explores the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the 1980s. He’s also executive producing the upcoming “Heathers” remake for television.
"Suits" may have been reportedly to blame 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 Prince Harry visited Markle on the sets of “Suits” in Toronto.