Meghan Markle’s Relationship with Prince Harry Is Very Different Than Her First Marriage
Despite their trouble navigating life in the public eye as members of the British Royal Family, one thing is clear — Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are hopelessly in love. The duo met in the summer of 2016 on a blind date, and from there, their whirlwind romance has been the stuff of fairytales.
Though senior royals typically don’t showcase much PDA (or any at all) –Markle and Prince Harry are super affectionate. They can often be seen kissing, hugging, or just gazing at one another.
Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lives have changed since they married in 2018 — but it’s Markle who has made the most sacrifices — giving up her career in Hollywood and moving her life from America to the U.K. However, her royal marriage is still vastly different than her first marriage.
Meghan Markle’s marriage to Trevor Engelson made her understand true independence
Meghan Markle began dating actor/producer Trevor Engelson in 2004. The duchess was in her early 20s and had not yet found success in Hollywood. Engelson was slightly older and had already had a couple of big breaks. The couple dated for nearly a decade before getting married in 2011. It was the same year Markle snagged her breakout role in Suits. The couple’s union began to crack — and by 2013, they were divorced.
Though the duchess has never widely discussed her divorce, when it was announced in 2013 –she posted a telling quote on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig. It read, “I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty, and cheap praise.”
The relationship was a lesson learned for Markle who approaches her marriage to Prince Harry very differently.
Meghan Markle doesn’t need Prince Harry
Meghan Markle was a fully realized independent woman before marrying Prince Harry at age 36. “It is easy to see that Meghan is not looking for Harry or this marriage to complete her,” relationship expert Sami Wunder told Express.co.uk. “She may have given up her Hollywood career due to royal protocol but the woman continues to keep herself busy and involved with several charitable interests and even flew all the way to New York to enjoy her baby shower with her own set of personal friends. She is not going to be the woman that looks up to Prince Harry to fulfill each and every one of her needs, as many first time married women would do.”
Markle has realized –especially in her newfound position, that love is not the only thing that will sustain a marriage.
The spark between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is obvious
No matter what is said about their approach to royal life — the chemistry between Markle and Prince Harry is evident three years and a whole baby later. It’s something British fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski noticed when he shot the Sussexes wedding and engagement photos.
“He would be talking and she would look at him, she’d be smiling at what he said and then he’d look at her and there’d be this spark between them,” he told the London Evening Standard. “I get tingles just thinking about it. They were a young couple in love and it was so cute.”