The real reason Meghan Markle got divorced

The whole world is curious about Meghan Markle–the woman who managed to steal Prince Harry's heart. The actress' private life has become tabloid fodder following her engagement news, revealing unanswered questions about her past relationships, particularly her failed marriage to film producer and talent agent Trevor Engelson. The reason for their divorce was ambiguously cited as "irreconcilable differences," and Markle has yet to elaborate. However, leaks from inside sources have shed more light on why things between them came to an end.

Their long distance marriage was too difficult

After tying the knot on Sept. 10, 2011 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Markle and Engelson never got the chance to settle down and start their lives as husband and wife. 

She jetted off to Toronto, Canada to start filming the USA Network TV series Suits, and he stayed behind at their home in Los Angeles to produce movies. An insider told Woman's Day (via The Sun) that the couple "really battled with long distances." Although they were only a five-hour flight apart, another source told The Sun that "it was a very difficult way to start married life."

Engelson was reportedly supportive of Markle's breakout role. According to Markle's friend and maid of honor, Ninaki Priddy, he made many trips "back and forth from LA and there was a lot of Skyping and FaceTiming going on." Obviously, that wasn't enough.

Her maid of honor says she developed a 'sense of entitlement'

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.

Was the divorce a 'calculated' decision?

Priddy and Markle's friendship eventually came to an end, and it was supposedly because Priddy disapproved of the way Markle handled the breakup of her marriage.

When speaking to The Sun, Priddy accused Markle of being "very calculated in the way she handled people and relationships." She said Markle once declared that "if anything were to happen to [Engelson] she wouldn't be able to go on," but then the actress shocked her circle of friends when she supposedly flipped the script and decided to stick a fork in her marriage.

She wanted to focus on her career

Markle's dream was to become an actress, so she must have been ecstatic to land the role of Rachel Zane on Suits. According to Priddy's interview with The Sun, Markle had "hustled for years" to launch her career. 

The series was "a big part of [Markle]" since it was her first full-time role. She even shared her love for the program with Prince Harry when she gave him a tour of the set in September 2017. He reportedly tried to stay "super low-key, met some crew, and was so happy to watch his lady," according to Hello! (via Vanity Fair).

Now that Markle has officially quit the show ahead of her Royal wedding, she seems determined to ensure her acting career doesn't interfere with her second marriage.

Did the spark fade away?

Not much is known about Markle and Engelson's courtship, but we do know they began dating in 2004, according to The Sun. After being together for six years, Engelson popped the question in 2010, and she said, "Yes!" In 2011, the couple and more than 100 of their closest friends headed out to a four-day destination wedding at the Jamaica Inn. Since Markle and Engelson were together for so long, perhaps the spark they once felt slowly faded away once they legitimized things. 

By comparison, Markle and Prince Harry became engaged only a year and a half after meeting. During their first interview with the BBC (via  theTelegraph), the Prince said he knew she was "the one" the "very first time" they met. Does a shorter courtship this time around mean her marriage will last a lifetime? We'll have to wait and see.

She was already living the 'single woman's' life

Markle was reportedly the one who decided to end her marriage, according to the Daily Mail. Long before she and Engelson separated in early 2013, she had allegedly been enjoying living the life of a bachelorette while her husband was home in Los Angeles.

She reportedly rented a two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Toronto and transformed it into a sophisticated "single woman's household" filled with designer furniture and decorated in "tasteful neutrals."

Did she start dating before the divorce was finalized?

Because of the distance that existed during their marriage, Priddy believed there was an element of "out of sight of of mind" for Markle, and perhaps she was right. While Priddy spilled the beans on the couple's doomed marriage, The Sun revealed Markle had met a new man while she was in Canada filming Suits. The tab claimed she began dating Cory Vitiello "a few months after [her and Engelson's] separation."

Vitiello is a celebrity chef who loves to plaster Instagram with photos of his delicious meals. Considering Markle loves to cook, we can see why these two reportedly bonded. In fact, it's quite possible Vitiello helped Markle find her way around the kitchen. He shared a video on his Instagram of a rotisserie chicken cooking to perfection the day after Markle revealed she and Prince Harry were making a similar dish on the day he proposed to her. Coincidence? 

Was it a power move?

Her former friend Priddy sure did spill a lot of information regarding Markle to The Sun. During her interview, she accused the actress-turned-Royal fiancée of discarding people if she no longer had any use for them in her life. 

"Once she decides you're not part of her life, she can be very cold. It's this shutdown mechanism she has," said Priddy. She also claimed Markle was "very strategic in the way she cultivates circles of friends."

It was a mutual friend who introduced her to the Prince, so hey, we can't fault her for cultivating a circle that led her to the love of her life! 

Did she dream of becoming a princess?

It's possible Markle moved forward with the divorce because she had an aching desire to live the life of a princess. It's kind of hard to become a real-life princess if you're married to a film producer, right?

The Sun claimed Markle owned a book about Prince Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana. She was also reportedly a huge fan of the Anne Hathaway film, The Princess Diaries. Little did Markle know, after being set up on a blind date, her dream of becoming a princess would finally come to fruition.