Meghan Markle found her fairy-tale ending when she tied the knot with Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. But before the royal wedding, she had previously been married to producer Trevor Engelson. Yet the ex-husband of the Duchess of Sussex seems to have shown that he too has now moved on.
Markle was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 4, 1981. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is a yoga instructor and social worker, while her father, Thomas Markle, worked as a lighting director and cinematographer on shows including Married… With Children. The Duchess grew up aspiring to be an actress, going on to study theater and international studies at Northwestern University.
After graduating in 2003, Markle began landing small roles in movies and television shows. Then in 2004 she met Engelson. While she was trying to make it as an actress, he was also forging a career in Hollywood – as a budding producer.
Engelson was born in Great Neck, New York, in 1976. After attending the University of Southern California where he majored in journalism, he became an assistant in Hollywood. In 2001 Engelson started the production company Underground, and he has since earned producer credits on movies including Remember Me, starring Robert Pattinson, and romcom License To Wed.
Markle and Engelson began dating soon after they met, before eventually becoming engaged in 2010. They made it official a year later in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. In attendance were over 100 guests, who spent four days celebrating the nuptials at the Jamaica Inn. However, the marriage, it seems, wasn’t destined to last.
Just a few months earlier, you see, Markle had landed the part of Rachel Zane on television show Suits. Her character was one of the legal drama’s central female roles. And the star was required, as a result, to spend nine months a year living in Toronto, Canada, where the series’ filming took place.
It has been speculated that Markle’s growing celebrity as well as the physical distance between her and Engelson might have caused the decline of their relationship. Whatever the reasons may have been, though, the couple eventually split through a no-fault divorce in August 2013 – less than two years into their marriage. They later listed irreconcilable differences in their divorce paperwork.
But according to the book Meghan, A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton, it was Markle who decided that she no longer wanted to be with Engelson. “A wealthy entrepreneur friend claimed the marriage ended so abruptly that Meghan sent her wedding and engagement rings back to Trevor by registered post,” Morton wrote. “Another confirmed that the decision to end the marriage was made by Meghan and that it had come ‘totally out of the blue.’”
Markle later went on to date chef Cory Vitiello, while Engelson enjoyed a brief fling with Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel. Then in 2016 the actress met Prince Harry on a blind date, and they subsequently began dating. The following year, the couple announced their engagement, and Markle revealed that she was quitting acting.
Two months before the engagement announcement, however, it had been reported that Engelson was working on a new television show. The comedy series was supposedly set to be about a man who was forced to share custody of his kids with the British royal family after his wife left him to marry a prince. Although the characters would have been fictional, it was widely believed that Markle had served as the inspiration for the proposed series.
But a few days before Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, it was claimed that the project had been put on hold. The move seemingly suggested that Engelson had experienced a change of heart about the show. And now he appears to have shown the world that he has moved on from the Duchess entirely.
Engelson began dating dietitian Tracey Kurland in November 2017, the same month that his ex-wife became engaged to Prince Harry. The 42-year-old producer then proposed in Napa Valley, California, in June 2018 – two weeks after Markle’s royal wedding. And on October 6, 2018, Engelson and Kurland exchanged vows.
The couple married in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of California at a private home, and photos of the big day were subsequently shared on social media. “Luckiest guy I know,” Engelson wrote alongside one snapshot posted to Instagram. “Get ready to party!”
The wedding was apparently an intimate occasion, and the bride wore a mid-length white dress, while the groom was clad in a gray suit and pink shirt. And according to the Daily Mail, the swimming pool was adorned with Mexican banners, and a tequila bar was also in operation.
32-year-old Kurland is the daughter of Stanford and Sheila Kurland. Her father was an executive with mortgage firm Countrywide and sold stock options worth $200 million upon his departure from the company in 2006. And following the 2008 recession, he established another mortgage firm, PennyMac. The entrepreneur ceased being the CEO of PennyMac in 2016 but is still reportedly worth millions.
But this wedding wasn’t about Stanford Kurland; it was all about Engelson and his stunning bride. And of course online commenters didn’t hesitate to wish the newlyweds well. “He’s done very well for himself. His bride is beautiful,” one wrote. Another added, “Congrats! Beautiful couple.”
And some suggested that everything had worked out for the best. “He is 41 and she is 32, [and] they both probably want children, so they moved quickly,” a third commenter stated. “He looks more comfortable with Tracey in these photos than he did with Meghan. Trevor had a better wedding this time.”
In addition, Engelson’s career seems to be thriving. The producer has worked on the Heathers television reboot, for instance, which was released in October 2018. And his other forthcoming projects include comedy Dr. Sensitive and Netflix thriller 13 Minutes.
Meanwhile, Markle and Prince Harry confirmed in October 2018 that they will soon be welcoming their first child. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace disclosed in a statement. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
Once upon a time, some people thought that an announcement like this could have upset Engelson. After all, Morton’s biography suggested that there was still animosity between Engelson and Markle in the years following their separation.“Even at a distance of five years, [Engelson] can barely contain his anger,” the author claimed. But now, it seems, Engelson has finally put his first marriage behind him – once and for all.