Book Claims Meghan Markle Ended Marriage 'Out of Blue'

Controversial Diana biographer Andrew Morton looks at her years with Trevor Engelson
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2018 9:20 AM CDT
Meghan Markle shelters from the rain under an umbrella as she waves to wellwishers during a walkabout in Belfast with Prince Harry, after a visit to the Crown Bar in the city centre on Friday March 23,...   (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

(Newser) – Andrew Morton's 1992 biography of Princess Diana was certainly explosive: Among other things, it detailed her eating disorder and series of suicide attempts in the '80s. Now he turns his pen to Meghan Markle. On April 12, the royal biographer's Meghan: A Hollywood Princess will be released in the UK, and while it isn't quite so packed with salacious bombshells, it does manage to make some "unsavory claims," as the Irish Independent puts it. An excerpt ran Sunday in the Times of London, and the passage getting the most pickup concerns the demise of her first marriage, to Hollywood producer Trevor Engelson. Morton explains that he helped secure her a small part in the Robert Pattinson-led Remember Me in 2009; two years later, while the two were engaged, she landed her role on Suits.

The show filmed in Canada, necessitating five-hour flights to see each other. They wed in Jamaica but lasted only two years. In Morton's telling, Engelson's "scattered approach to life" and "disheveled" appearance began to bother Markle, and he describes her as being the one who ended the marriage, "totally out of the blue," per a source. "A wealthy entrepreneur friend claimed the marriage ended so abruptly that Meghan sent her wedding and engagement rings back to Trevor by registered post," he writes. He alleges Engelson is, five years later, "barely able to contain his anger" at Markle. Other tidbits recall her role as one of the briefcase girls on Deal or No Deal, and a weird anecdote about a baby Meghan involving her dad, her half-brother's pot-smoking, and a diaper filled with chocolate pudding. (Read more Meghan Markle stories.)

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