Her career may have interfered with her first marriage

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement is untraditional for a number of reasons—and her status as a divorced woman is arguably first among them. Before meeting Prince Harry, Markle was married to producer Trevor Engelson for two years before they split, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Former friend Ninaki Priddy, who served as maid of honor at Markle’s wedding to Engelson, told the Daily Mail that Markle’s career ultimately led to the demise of that union, saying “It was such a shock when she told me they were getting divorced.”

Another person close to the couple told Woman’s Day (via Life and Style Mag) that the stress of a long-distance relationship likely played a part, as Markle lived in Canada during filming on her USA Network series Suits while her husband lived in Los Angeles. As the magazine’s source pointed out, “It was a very difficult way to start married life.”

A secret royal fascination?

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In their BBC engagement interview, the couple revealed that they met on a blind date. “Because I’m from the States, you don’t grow up with the same understanding of the royal family,” Markle said. “And so while I now understand very clearly there’s a global interest there, I didn’t know much about him.” However, Priddy’s Daily Mail interview tells a different story.

“I know the Royal Family was something she found fascinating,” said Priddy. “She had one of Princess Diana’s books on her bookshelf.” Plus, between Princess Diana’s popularity and Prince Harry’s days as prime tabloid fodder (remember that time he went wild in Vegas?), it’s hard to believe she didn’t know anything about the prince.

Family ties

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In a radio interview with the BBC, Prince Harry made a quick comment about Markle’s family history, saying “she’s done an absolutely amazing job” of fitting in with the royals and adding, “it’s the family that I suppose she’s never had.” That one short line quickly turned into a huge deal when a couple of Markle’s family members were interviewed by the Daily Mail, telling quite a different story.

“She’s had a really good family,” said her brother Thomas Markle Jr. “We were as close as we could be, as tight as we could be, that’s what we were.” This led to some people accusing the soon-to-be royal of lying to her fiancé. It could all easily be chalked up to a misunderstanding exacerbated by typical tabloid shenanigans, but it’s still enough to make you wonder.