Meghan Markle's ex pauses plans for a TV show about an actress who marries a prince: report

Meghan Markle‘s ex-husband has given her an early wedding gift.

U.K. tabloid the Sun reports that TV producer Trevor Engelson, who was married to Markle from 2011 to 2013, will not proceed with a sitcom based on her life. He pitched a show about a man whose former flame marries a British prince to Fox in September, the newspaper reports, and hired Danny Zuker, executive producer of the hit show Modern Family, to write it.

However, The Sun says Engelson, 41, has now decided to put his plans on hold, although it’s not because he and Markle, 36, are on friendly terms. They reportedly haven’t spoken since their acrimonious divorce. Markle biographer Andrew Morton wrote in his 2018 book, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, that, “Even after five years [Engelson] can barely contain his anger.”

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EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 26: Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson attend COACH Legacy Photo Exhibit by REED KRAKOFF at Coach on August 26, 2006 in East Hampton, NY. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 06: Trevor Engelson attends The Hollywood Reporter's annual Next Generation reception at My House on November 6, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Trevor Engelson (L) and wife actress Meghan Markle arrives at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner Honoring Ryan Kavanaugh at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle (R) and her husband Trevor Engelson arrive at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Manager Trevor Engelson (L) and director Dito Montiel attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Man Down' on November 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Executive producers Trevor Engelson (L) and Michael London attend the premiere of FX's 'Snowfall' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on June 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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But Markle managed to change his mind about a show based on her life.

“She reached out to him at first through friends and now they have kept up the pressure and Trevor has pushed things back,” an unnamed senior TV executive told the newspaper. “The plan was for the series to come out during the aftermath of the royal wedding later this summer but things have changed. Trevor has focused on other projects after having calls and impromptu meets with Meghan and his old social circle.”

The executive added that there’s also a business concern.

“There is a feeling too that it is too soon for a TV network to go straight at the new royals given their popularity, and it could flop,” the source said. “So that too is a factor, as Trevor has still not confirmed yet if he will walk away from the project.”

It helps that Engelson has several other things to work on. He executive-produced the first season of FX’s crack-cocaine drama Snowfall, which is set to return in July, and worked on the delayed TV reboot of the ’80s cult classic Heathers. He also has movies in the works.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Actors Abigail Spencer, Jordana Brewster, Meghan Markle and Sarah Hyland attend ELLE's 6th Annual Women in Television Dinner Presented by Hearts on Fire Diamonds and Olay at Sunset Tower on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ELLE)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: (L-R) Meghan Markle, Serena Williams and Hannah Davis participate in the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DirecTV)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Meghan Markle, Nina Agdal and Shay Mitchell participate in the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Actors Abigail Spencer, Meghan Markle and Constance Zimmer attend ELLE's 6th Annual Women in Television Dinner Presented by Hearts on Fire Diamonds and Olay at Sunset Tower on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ELLE)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Georgina Chapman (L) and Meghan Markle attend the Marchesa show during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at New York Public Library on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Models Meghan Markle (L) and Petra Nemcova attend the Herve Leger By Max Azria fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle (L) and actress Jamie Chung attend an exclusive preview of the Marchesa Voyage for ShopStyle collection on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ShopStyle)
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The report about Engelson comes just one day after the latest drama over Markle and Prince Harry’s much-anticipated nuptials. On Tuesday, Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, said he wouldn’t attend the event, where he was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle, because of the revelation that he had worked with the paparazzi to stage a photo shoot. He then changed his mind, but will not be able to attend after all, because he needs surgery following a reported recent heart attack.

Still, preparations are underway. The lemon elderflower cake that the bride and groom requested is already being made.

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