Before Meghan Markle became royalty, she was married to a regular dude. Her ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, had Hollywood ties as a movie producer and has since remarried in a lavish wedding in California.
Following his divorce from Meghan (his own personal Megxit) in 2013, the producer has married heiress and nutritionist Tracey Kurland.
At Engelson's bachelor party, his friends couldn't resist a little dig at his former wife. “This right here...this right here is to royalty, you know what I’m saying? Royalty won, royalty lost... but regardless, baby, we got to keep going!” a friend of Engelson is filmed saying in a video unearthed by the Daily Mail, “If it wasn’t for Trev, I wouldn’t believe that I could marry a future princess, so now, I gotta… what princess is available now?”
Here’s everything to know about Markle's first husband, Trevor Engelson, from their low-key wedding to the reality star he dated after his divorce.
Who is Trevor Engelson?
Engelson is a 43-year-old movie and television producer. At one point, it was rumored that he was creating a scripted show based on a man whose ex-wife marries a member of the Royal Family (sound familiar?) but it never came to fruition.
According to Deadline, the untitled project’s premise was “Divorce is hard. Sharing custody is harder. Sharing custody with the British Royal family when your wife marries a prince, in the unforgiving spotlight of London’s tabloid media, is next level.”
He also worked on the movies Remember Me, License to Wed and All About Steve.
When did Trevor Engelson and Meghan Markle meet?
The couple started dating in 2004 and were together for six years before tying the knot.
When did Trevor Engelson and Meghan Markle get married?
They were married in 2011 at the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios in front of about 100 people. They had a beachfront party attended by Markle’s mother Doria Ragland. Her father Thomas Markle was not seen at the wedding.
But after only two years of marriage, the pair quietly split in August of 2013. No one knows why the couple got divorced and it was said to be a surprise to Engelson. According to The Sun, Markle sent her wedding ring back to Engelson.
Who else did Trevor Engelson date?
Before marrying for a second time, Engelson dated a few other high-profile ladies, including The Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel.
“I met him in Chicago and we were supposed to go out, and I ended up seeing him one time and he’d been texting me,” the reality star said on an Australian radio show. “He’s a producer in L.A. He told me that he was married before. He’s divorced [now]. He was married to this girl named Meghan Markle from the TV show Suits.”
Of course, now his ex-wife is known for far more than being a Suits star. And his relationship with Frankel is strictly platonic - they’ve even discussed creating a show together. Get ready for The Real Housewives of Kensington Palace, the collaboration we deserve.
Who is Trevor Engelson's wife now?
Engelson married nutritionist Tracey Kurland - and while she’s not royal, she is an heiress. Her father is a multi-millionaire banker who left mortgage lender Countrywide in 2006 and sold a cool $200 million worth of stock options.
According to LinkedIn, Kurland graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008 and received her masters from Columbia University in 2014. Engelson also attended USC.
The pair reportedly started dating in 2017. He proposed to his second wife in Napa Valley a mere two weeks after his ex’s royal wedding.
When was Tracey Kurland and Trevor Engelson's wedding?
He married 32-year-old heiress Tracey Kurland in Montecito, California in May 2019 at the Rosewood Miramar Beach resort, where the menu included French fries and burgers.
The 43-year-old was spotted wearing a classic tux to tie the knot.
His wedding came almost a year after Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry.