Not only is Markle non-British, she's also the first divorcée to become a member of the Royal family—having been married to ex-husband Trevor Engelson between 2011 and 2013.
With just over a week to go before Meghan and Harry tie the knot at Windsor Castle, scroll down for everything you need to know about Meghan's first marriage—sealing her status as the most nontraditional royal family entrant in history.
Who is Meghan Markle's ex-husband?
Long before she met Prince Harry, Markle was married to American actor and producer Trevor Engelson. The couple married in September 2011, but divorced less than two years later in August 2013. Markle was only 30 when she first wed.
According to US magazine Town & Country, there was initially no explicit reason why the couple's marriage faltered—though it seemed especially odd to the public, considering they'd been an item for seven years before their nuptials.
However, it was later reported the couple split due to Markle's filming commitments in Toronto for Suits, and Engelson having to stay living in LA for work. Yep, that'll kill a marriage.
Where was Meghan Markle's first wedding?
Just like her second wedding is tracking to be, Meghan Markle's first wedding was definitely unconventional.
According to Metro UK, Markle and Engelson married in a beachfront ceremony at the luxurious Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, in front of 107 guests—most of which were close friends and family members.
While two Americans marrying in Jamaica may seem out-of-the-ordinary, the hotel looks nothing short of heavenly (yet unarguably very different from Windsor Palace).
Where is Trevor Engelson now?
After his 2013 breakup with Markle, Engelson is reported to have dated Sports Illustrated model and actress Charlotte McKinney, and Real Housewife of New York Bethenny Frankel.
He was allegedly 'blindsided' by the 2013 divorce, and struggled to come to terms with singledom. But, all now seems to be well for Engelson; he's reportedly dating 31-year-old dietician Tracey Kurland.
However, Engelson has responded to the scandal as only a true writer and Hollywood producer would—by pitching a TV show about his experiences.
No, we're definitely not kidding—US network FOX greenlighted Engelson's program idea, based around a man whose ex marries a British royal. How very meta.
This story first appeared on ELLE.com.au.
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