Adele’s ’21’ Album Helped Meghan Markle Get Through Her Divorce, Source Reveals

Though we all know about her whirlwind romance with Prince Harry that began in the summer of 2016, little is known about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s first marriage. The former actress was married to producer Trevor Engelson from 2011-2013.

Though Meghan and Engelson’s marriage was short-lived, they dated for seven years prior to tying the knot in a low-key ceremony in Jamaica. However, just before they tied the knot, the duchess booked her breakout role on USA’s Suits and moved to Toronto, Canada. The relationship did not survive much longer.

Even before marrying into the royal family, Meghan has been notoriously tight-lipped about her first marriage. However, we do know that Adele’s stunning album 21 helped her through her divorce.

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Inside Meghan Markle’s first marriage

When the duchess first met Engleson in 2004, he was a rising star in Hollywood whom she looked up to and admired. However, by the time they wed, their roles had reversed. Engelson’s projects had stalled and he tried to launch a podcast called Schmoedown.

That first podcast episode may have highlighted some of the differences between the two. Meghan had to ask her then-husband to stop drinking on air.

“The precast hinted at their personality differences, Trevor loose-lipped, unconcerned, carefree, a striking counterpart to Meghan, who was archly protective of ‘brand Meghna’, always keen to project an air of sophistication and style,” royal biographer Andrew Morton wrote in Meghan, A Hollywood Princess. “She may have felt at times that Trevor was too brashly laid back for comfort, especially not that her star was rising; Suits had been picked up for a second season.”

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This is why Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson got divorced

Neither Meghan nor Engeleson have said much about their split. In fact, when news about the duchess’ engagement to Prince Harry hit the media, Engleson reportedly said, “I have zero to say about her.” According to Morton, Meghan blindsided him by asking for a divorce.

“It was such a bolt from the blue. Even after five years, [Engelson] can barely contain his anger,” he wrote. For her part, the Duchess of Sussex gave a small insight into her divorce in 2013 on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig.

“I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate,” she wrote. “I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty, and cheap praise.”

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Adele’s ’21’ album helped Meghan Markle get through her divorce

Working on Suits and The Tig, obviously helped Meghan move forward after her marriage ended. However, a source now says that Adele’s 2011 album, 21 also played a major role.

“Meghan admires how Adele has managed to keep out of the spotlight despite being a huge star,” a source told The Mirror. “And she is a big fan of her album 21, which she says helped her through her divorce from Engelson.”

Life has certainly come full circle for the duchess who is currently living with Prince Harry and her young son, Archie Harrison in Beverly Hills. Their rented home is apparently five minutes away from Adele’s house.