According to a new biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan felt her ex-husband did not fully support her career and even resented the fact that she was becoming more successful. The pair had met in 2004 in a bar in West Hollywood and lived together for a number of years as they both tried to climb up the greasy Hollywood pole. Trevor was an up-and-coming Hollywood producer and was used to being the one who took care of Meghan, but in 2010 she landed her role on Suits and her star started to rise.
This meant their dynamic started to change and he was not comfortable with it, according to a friend of Meghan.
‘Finding Freedom’ authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand spoke to friends of Meghan, who said she used to wonder aloud why he didn’t always act like he really supported her career.
For example, Trevor had many contacts in the industry, but didn’t seem to be working too hard to connect her up or even to cast her in one of his own productions.
She even suggested that maybe he liked her being dependent on him, with him the dominant character in the relationship.
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Meghan Markle and her ex-husband Trevor Engelson
Meghan was cast in Suits just a couple of months after Trevor proposed
One friend said: “He was used to being the breadwinner, the one Meghan needed for instructions in the industry.
“Suddenly the dynamic was changing and he didn’t like that.”
Just months after Trevor proposed to Meghan in 2010, she auditioned for Suits and got the part.
Indeed, Meghan’s big break may have spelt the beginning of the end for her relationship with Trevor.
Meghan and Trevor back in 2006
Meghan’s part in Suits not only changed their dynamic, it also meant moving to Toronto for a good chunk of the year, which put a strain on their relationship.
Trevor stayed in LA and had family in New York, meaning they were spread too thin and started growing apart.
At first, they made a huge effort to see each other but over time that started to wane.
When Trevor was invited to the Oscars in February 2013, he didn’t bring Meghan to the awards show.
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He said he only had one ticket, but Meghan apparently wondered if he “didn’t want to share the spotlight”.
That summer, the couple divorced citing irreconcilable differences.
Another potential factor was the stark difference in their personalities ‒ Trevor was a brash New Yorker with a “breezy self-deprecating manner”, according to Andrew Morton in his 2018 book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’.
On the other hand, Meghan was “very self-contained and considered”, careful to put across the image of an intelligent, elegant and put-together woman.
One instance of their personalities clashing was when Trevor took part in a podcast with some friends not long before his wedding to Meghan.
His fiance watched the podcast livestream and noticed he was swigging from a hip flask she had given him.
She texted him to put it away, claiming it looked “incredibly unprofessional”.
Not long after divorcing Trevor, Meghan started dating Cory Vitiello, a Canadian restaurateur who she was in a relationship with for two years.
They eventually split because Meghan wanted to settle down, but Cory did not, according to another source in the book.
Just a couple of months after that relationship ended, Meghan was set on on a date with Prince Harry.
Finding Freedom was written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Duran, published by HQ in 2020. It is available here.