Meghan Markle has become most well known to be the American who stole the Duke of Sussex’s heart fairly quickly. Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Markle played Rachel Zane on the TV show Suits, joined the game show Deal or No Deal as a briefcase model and appeared in TV commercials for companies such as Tostitos tortilla chips. Alongside her varied career, her dating life varied as well.
Trevor Engelson 2004-2013
Contrary to belief, Markle’s first time walking down the aisle was not to her prince. Prior to her second marriage, Markle was married to Trevor Engelson, a Hollywood Producer. Engelson and Markle first met in 2004 and later got engaged in 2010. Their relationship progressed more slowly than to her relationship with Prince Harry, where they dated for six years before getting engaged. The couple went off to wed in 2011 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Two years later, the pair quietly split. There is no clear answer on why they split but divorced because of uncompromisable differences. Engelson is now happily engaged to nutritionist Tracey Kurland, captioning a celebratory Instagram on his private account, “Luckiest guy I know. Get ready to party!”
Rory McIlroy 2014
Even though it was never confirmed by either source, Markle “dated” Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, according to author Emily Herbert who wrote the new book “Harry and Meghan – The Love Story.” Back in 2014, Markle was nominated by the former golfer for the ALS Bucket Challenge. The former actress posted an Instagram video of McIlroy pouring ice all over her for all of her followers to see. They were also seen in Dublin together out to eat while the relationship rumors were active.
Cory Vitiello 2014-2016
Right before she met her Prince Charming, Markle was with successful celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for two years. The pair were even together when Markle first met the prince but ended things with Vitiello shortly after. The pair’s relationship was known to be superficial, due to putting their careers first and their relationship second. The two lived together in Toronto, where Vitiello has a successful chain of restaurants.
Vitiello told the Daily Mail when asked about Markle’s new relationship back in April, “I’m pleased for Meghan. She’s a great girl. There is no bitterness. I respect people’s private and personal lives, and although she has put herself in the public spectrum, I still hold to that.”
Markle is not the only one who moved on from this relationship. Although she married a prince, Vitiello has just confirmed the exciting news that he is expecting his first child with his current girlfriend and Dragonette singer Martina Sorbara!
Prince Harry 2016-Present
There have been many rumors on how the pair first met, but it is now confirmed it was through Harry’s childhood friend Violet von Westenholz. Von Westenholz and Markle met through von Westernholz’s public relations work at Ralph Lauren. The two got along very well, as Markle fit into the London social scene very easily and has been around it for a while prior to meeting the prince. Harry was known to have a lot of trouble dating, where it was hard for him to connect with someone. When he told von Westenholz this, she told him that she might have found the perfect girl for him. After she set them up on a blind date in 2016, the rest has been history. Millions of viewers watched the two wed on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The love between the couple was definitely shown through their eyes during the ceremony. Right before exchanging vows, Prince Harry whispered to his now-wife, “You look amazing” and “I’m so lucky.”
Even though Meghan Markle has had a varied career and dating past, her both of those current statuses are finally steady. Now she is the Duchess of Sussex and has married into the Royal Family. Markle had to kiss a few frogs before meeting her prince, but it was well worth it.