There are only a few short weeks to go until Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle, but the release of a new biography about the former Suits actress is causing the inevitable backlash that was sure to come after months of positive media coverage. Could the future Princess be callous and calculating like the new book from Andrew Morton claims?
The appetite for information on the 36-year-old future Royal has been insatiable since she and Prince Harry announced their engagement back in November. And now, Morton – a Royal biographer – is cashing in on this lust for knowledge with his new book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, which is set to hit bookstores this month.
According to The Daily Mail, one of the unsettling claims in the biography is that Markle was ruthless when it came to the demise of her first marriage to producer Trevor Engelson.
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Markle met Engelson when she was an aspiring actress, and he mentored her as she got a role in the Robert Pattinson drama Remember Me, and then landed the character of Rachel Zane on the TV drama Suits.
The two married in 2011, but after she got the Suits role, she moved to Toronto, and it wasn’t long before the couple divorced. She quickly decided that she wanted to end the marriage, but instead of flying to Los Angeles and speaking with Engelson face to face, she sent her rings back through the mail.
Morton – who famously wrote the Princess Diana biography in 1992 – writes that Engelson is still angry with his ex even though they split five years ago, and Markle devastated him when she asked for a divorce seemingly out of the blue just two years into their marriage.
“She was her own woman now, earning a steady income, making new friends on-set and off, no longer dependent on her husband’s connections,” Morton writes. ‘A £360 Vitamix blender symbolized the divide.”
Apparently, when Markle insisted on taking her favorite kitchen appliance to Toronto, it was a statement of intent and her newfound independence.
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This image of Markle is a far cry from the sweet-natured and compassionate woman the world has seen over the past few months. There may not be any truth to it, but Morton portrays Markle as a far more complex, calculating character.
The author calls his book “an old-fashioned story of a local girl makes good,” but then claims that she has had dreams of becoming a princess since she was a teenager, and her ambition is to become “Diana 2.0.”
She allegedly dropped her Los Angeles friends as she became more successful and famous, and networked with those who could advance her career. She immersed herself in a powerful circle of friends, and that was when she decided to part ways with Engelson.
Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry on May 19th at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.