A new book claims incumbent royal Meghan Markle ended her previous marriage out of the blue. Markle got married to a producer back in 2011.
A Ruthless Hollywood Princess
Andrew Morton, the biographer of the late Princess Diana, makes the shocking claim in the book Meghan, A Hollywood Princess, which will be out on April 17.
The Sunday Times published an excerpt from the book just this weekend. It claims that Markle's relationship with Hollywood producer, Trevor Engelson, came to an abrupt end following their wedding in 2011.
According to Morton, the two met in a dive bar when the Suits actress was just getting her start in the business. At the time, all she had on her slate was a small role on a sitcom and her part on game show Deal or No Deal.
Her big break on the hit show Suits meant Markle was away filming in New York and Canada, so she and her then-new fiancé were forced to spend a lot of time apart.
The show was renewed for its second season just a month before their wedding took place, meaning their long-distance relationship was bound to continue for the foreseeable future.
After tying the knot in 2011, in a moving ceremony which included the couple's self-penned vows to each other, it wasn't long before the relationship started to break down.
Just two years after making it official, Markle announced the end of their marriage in the summer of 2013. The couple divorced a year later. Engelson was allegedly blindsided, however, as Morton notes in his book.
"Trevor went from cherishing Meghan to, as one friend observed, 'feeling like he was a piece of something stuck to the bottom of her shoe,' " writes Morton.
Less Controversial Nowadays
Luckily for Markle, the royal family have relaxed their stance on a member of their own marrying a divorcee in recent years. It was once controversial, which would be bad news for Prince Harry, who's just weeks away from marrying Markle.
Back in 2002, the governing body of the Church of England voted to recognize that there are certain circumstances in which divorce is the only option and that such people should still be allowed to remarry in the church.
The Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate 70 years together this coming November. Of their four children, all but Prince Edward have been divorced.
Prince Charles married his now-wife Camilla in a civil ceremony back in 2005 because she, too, had been divorced and a church wedding was deemed too controversial at the time.
They later held a service of blessing at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, where Markle and Prince Harry are set to tie the knot.