Who is Meghan Markle's ex-husband?

Meghan Markle became one of the most famous women on the planet when her relationship with Prince Harry made headlines. One of the reasons Markle joining the royal family was such a big deal: She's been divorced! Who was the guy who first married Markle, and why did they split after many years together? How does he feel about his ex-wife's royal rebound? Let's take a closer look at the life and times of Trevor Engelson, an entertainment industry insider who's now perhaps better known as the former Mr. Markle. 

Engelson has reportedly been offered big bucks to spill the tea about his ex-wife, but to date, he's remained relatively unruffled. Is that because he's planning to write a tell-all book or produce a TV series about the actress? One thing is clear, the circumstances surrounding her royal nuptials were worlds apart from the scene that surrounded Engelson and Markle's destination wedding in 2011. Let's dig into all the facts and rumors surrounding Meghan Markle's ex-husband.

He's a producer and talent agent

Though clearly not quite as famous as his beautiful ex-wife, Engelson has had some success as a television and film producer. His FX bio reports that his first job out of college was as an assistant on the LL Cool J drama Deep Blue Sea (1999). Since then, he's produced everything from the rom-com License to Wed, to the goofball Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock comedy All About Steve, and the Robert Pattinson-led September 11 drama Remember Me. Recent projects include the 2017 series Snowfall on FX and a TV reboot of the movie Heathers.

In addition to television and movie production, Engelson also opened his own talent agency. He manages various talent at Underground Films, including screenwriters, novelists, actors, and directors in the Los Angeles area. The company opened a New York office in 2012.

They were together a long time

Though Engelson and Markle were only married for two years, they were together for a long time before they tied the knot. The Sun reported that Engelson and Markle met in 2004 and dated for almost seven years before they wed in September 2011.

Harry and Markle, meanwhile, got engaged after only about a year and a half of dating and wed six months later.

Their wedding was a great party

If The Sun is to be believed, Engelson and Markle's wedding in September 2011 sure did sound like a blast. According to the report, the nuptials took place over a span of four days in Jamaica, with the actual wedding taking place on the third day. The couple reportedly hosted parties that included everything from wheelbarrow races to drinking games on the beach to a brunch. As for their actual ceremony? Reportedly, the whole thing took just 15 minutes.

A short ceremony in favor of days-long partying? That's pretty much every wedding guest's dream.

Long distance hurt the marriage

Markle and Engelson married the same year that her acting career took off with Suits, which allegedly proved to be their downfall as a couple. A source told The Sun, "Trevor was devastated at the split. She suddenly had no more time for him. Meghan broke Trevor's heart, pure and simple. He is still in love with her and so the revelation of her new relationship with Harry has hit him hard." 

Another insider told Woman's Day (via Life & Style), "Meghan landed her role in Suits just a few months before they married. Trevor was based in LA while Meghan was in Toronto, a five-hour flight away. It was a very difficult way to start married life."

Meghan supposedly dumped him by mail

Ouch! In his biography of Markle, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, author Andrew Morton reported that Markle dumped Engelson by mail after rising to middling fame on Suits. Morton writes (via News.au), "[Engelson] went from cherishing Meghan to, as one friend observed, 'Feeling like he was a piece of something stuck to the bottom of her shoe.' … A weal­thy entrepreneur friend claimed the marriage ended so abruptly that Meghan sent Trevor her diamond wedding and engagement rings back by registered mail."

Morton also wrote that, as Markle gained professional success, her personal life suffered, and the "Meghan chill" extended to her friends as well. She reportedly left the home she and Engleson shared, taking a blender with her, to move to Toronto to film Suits. He tried moving to be closer to her, but she still wanted out, allegedly because of his "scattered approach to life."

She was 'empowered' by the split

In an ITV documentary on Markle called Prince Harry and Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply, Markle's friend, actress Abby Wathen, claimed Markle simply felt the relationship with Engelson wasn't right for her anymore in light of her newfound success.

"She always knew she would be successful, she just…knew it. She knows what she wants and she gets it," Wathen said (via Metro). "We both went through divorce, so we bonded on that too. I was destroyed, but she was empowered. She took her power back. It wasn't the right relationship for her, so she moved on."

He has a new lady in his life

Meghan Markle boasts cooking as one of her best skills, and it appears that Engelson may have a foodie fetish because The Sun reported that he's dating a dietitian named Tracey Kurland. A source told The Sun that Engelson met Kurland through mutual friends and that they've been dating since 2017. Kurland is based in Los Angeles, where Engelson lives, but, proving it's a small world after all: She used to intern for Twelfth Street, a fashion retailer that Kate Middleton's sister, Pippa, reportedly loves. 

"He went through a rough time during the break-up and that was only made worse when Meghan got together with Harry last year," an insider told The Sun. "He has a new woman in his life, and his career is going from strength to strength."

Engleson likes Kurland so much that he put a ring on it! Us Weekly reported in May 2018 — just weeks after Markle's royal wedding to Prince Harry — that Engleson and Kurland were engaged. He reportedly made the announcement on his private Instagram page, captioning a photo with Kurland, who was sporting a brand new sparkler on that finger: "Luckiest guy I know. Get ready to party!"

Sources said he was 'skipping town' for the wedding

Insiders revealed that Engelson was sick of hearing about his ex on every news outlet. A source told Us Weekly that Engelson was "skipping town" ahead of the royal wedding to avoid the hoopla, but it's unclear where he was headed — just that it was out of the country and possibly in South America.

It's understandable that Engelson would feel the need to escape, since his Google alerts have likely been blowing up ever since Markle and Prince Harry's romance made headlines. A source told The Sun that "this attention on him since the Harry relationship is something he has loathed …  He and Meghan are a world away from that Hollywood happy divorce declaration of 'conscious uncoupling' — where people split up, but remain friends like Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow."

Is he creating a comedy inspired by his ex?

Well, that's one way to get over an ex: Engelson developed a series based on his divorce from Markle. In September 2017, Deadline reported that Engelson was working on a single-camera comedy with Modern Family executive producer Danny Zuker about a divorcé whose ex-wife marries a prince. While Engelson insisted at the time that it wasn't based on true events, it was likely at least slightly inspired by Markle's newfound fame as a royal.

However, in May 2018 — just before Markle's wedding to Prince Harry — The Sun reported that Markle's entertainment industry friends talked Engelson out of pursuing the project (or at least to delay it until after the royal wedding). A source claimed, "The couple has barely spoken since their divorce, but she did reach out to him — with Harry's agreement — to thank him for not telling their story in public. The TV pilot was a shock, but now everything is paused … Trevor has still not confirmed yet if he will walk away from the project."

Engelson was reportedly offered upwards of $1 million to write a tell-all about Markle. A source told Woman's Day (via Life & Style) that he has "remained tight-lipped" but has "been tempted to open up about what he calls 'years of hell.'"

He went out with a Real Housewife

After Markle and Engleson divorced, he had a brief dalliance with The Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel.

Frankel told The Kyle and Jackie O Show in April 2018 that she met Engleson in Chicago and they went out just one time but kept texting. She claimed he revealed to her that he'd been previously married to "this girl named Meghan Markle from the TV show Suits." At the time, Frankel said she had no idea who Markle was. When she later realized Markle and Prince Harry were dating, Frankel said she and Engleson began texting again.

Engleson "looks a little bit like my ex, which scares me," Frankel admitted. "We bypassed the romantics and went into the business." These two are reportedly working on a TV pilot together about a group of businesswomen. In Frankel's words: "There's something salacious about doing a TV project with Meghan Markle's ex."

What else is in the works for the former Mr. Markle?

In addition to that aforementioned TV series that sounds scandalously familiar, what else might be in the works for Trevor Engelson's career? The Hollywood Reporter revealed that a big-screen adaptation of beloved kids' geography and mystery series Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego was in the works, and Meghan Markle's ex was listed as one of the producers on the project. Even cooler? THR reported that Jennifer Lopez was eyeing the film as a potential starring vehicle. 

However, chatter about that nostalgic '90s remake hit the press in 2012, so it looks like that project may never happen. Fingers crossed it materializes.