From her early days as a “briefcase babe” on Deal or no Deal to U.S. President Donald Trump christening her an “American Princess,” Meghan Markle has climbed the social ladder.
The split from the royal family allowed her to walk away from the responsibilities of being a royal. But the ability to cash in on her husband’s family name is the end game.
In 2004, she scored a small role in one episode of General Hospital and featured in an episode of Century City.
It’s fair to say her acting career hadn’t exactly taken off. Meghan admits it was difficult to get roles early in her career.
Along came Trevor Engelson, a talent manager and founder of production company Underground. He was the perfect man for a young woman looking to make her way in the acting business.
Following the beginning of Meghan’s relationship with Engelson, roles in CSI and Deal or No Deal emerged.
Those roles that were proving hard to get were suddenly attainable.
In 2011, Meghan Markle married Trevor Engelson in Jamaica. Unfortunately, a role in Suits was to come next, which signaled the end for poor Trevor.
Despite moving his office from Los Angeles to New York so he could be closer to her in Toronto, it wasn’t to be.
Much to the surprise of Engelson, Meghan moved out of their apartment. She returned the wedding and engagement ring he’d bought her. Via FedEx, no less.
Biographer Andrew Morton sums up Meghan Markle and her divorce from Trevor Engelson as ending for the following reasons:
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.
Trevor Engelson had outlived his usefulness.
After Trevor Engelson was deemed surplus to requirements, Meghan moved on to dating celebrity Canadian chef Cory Vitiello in 2014.
Vitiello – the owner of trendy Toronto eatery The Harbord Room – opened doors to a higher class of society for Meghan. This social circle included the son of a former Canadian prime minister and the global membership director of elite private club Soho House, Markus Anderson.
This relationship provided Meghan Markle with the means to make the jump from an actress to a socialite.
Toronto’s leading social observer and columnist Shinan Govani commented on Meghan’s relationship with Cory:
He would be invited [to top gatherings] by dint of his talent and personality. Within the confines of the city, being with him was definitely a useful platform for her. He would be bigger in terms of the Establishment of Toronto. He would be leverage for Meghan.
When pressed on whether Meghan Markle had deliberately engineered her social rise through dating Cory, Govani observed:
I think she took advantage of the opportunity that came her way. I mean, what would have happened after Suits? She wasn’t getting any younger.
It was at one of these social gatherings that Meghan Markle first met Prince Harry.
Just as with Trevor Engelson before him, Cory Vitiello quickly became surplus to requirements.
Having managed to convince Prince Harry to leave behind his elderly father, his grandparents, his friends, and his entire life, Meghan finally stands to get what she always wanted.
She’s back in Hollywood. Only this time she’s not a struggling actress. Sure, she’s no better at acting than she was previously, but that doesn’t matter when you have a Prince Charming for a husband.
Meghan Markle is a prime example that if a strong, independent woman can’t make it on her own, you just have to find a man who can do it for you.
Some things never change.