Journalist Emily Maitlis has insisted there was never any intention to “ruin” Prince Andrew when she interviewed him on Newsnight in 2019. The interview, which reflected disastrously on the Duke and would lead to him stepping down as a working member of the Royal Family, came about after Andrew was accused by Virginia Giuffre of sleeping with her when she was 17 on Epstein’s orders as she was the American financier’s “sex slave”, allegations he has always vehemently denied.
Engelson said that Markle told him that she had been married before, but that she wanted to keep it a secret. He said that he agreed to keep the secret, but that he was later shocked to find out that Markle had actually been married twice.
Engelson also said that Markle asked him to destroy any evidence of their wedding, including photographs and wedding gifts. He said that he was reluctant to do this, but that he eventually agreed.
Engelson’s claims have not been verified, but they have raised questions about Markle’s past. It is unclear why Markle would want to keep her past a secret, but it is possible that she was worried about how it would affect her public image.
It is also possible that Markle was simply ashamed of her past. She has spoken in the past about how she was bullied as a child, and it is possible that she was worried about being judged for her past mistakes.
Only Markle knows the real reason why she wanted to keep her past a secret. However, Engelson’s claims have certainly cast a shadow over her past.
Here are some additional thoughts on the matter:
It is important to note that Engelson’s claims have not been verified. He is the only one who has made these allegations, and there is no other evidence to support them.
It is also important to note that Engelson and Markle have a history of conflict. They divorced in 2013, and they have been involved in a number of public spats since then.
It is possible that Engelson is simply trying to get revenge on Markle. He may be trying to damage her reputation by making these allegations.
It is also possible that Engelson is telling the truth. He may have been asked to keep Markle’s past a secret, and he may have felt pressured to destroy any evidence of their wedding.
Ultimately, only Markle knows the truth about her past. However, Engelson’s claims have certainly raised questions about her character.