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The Rules: Dating Guide Meghan Markle Sworn By

ByKeith M. Jones

Oct 8, 2020

Meghan Markle’s age, maturity and confidence are enough to give her a good chance as a royal bride, says biographer Richard Kay. / Real entertainment

She may have finally found her Prince Charming, but it looks like Meghan has had some help – in the form of a self-help dating book.

According to a friend, Meghan was an avid follower of The Rules, a self-help dating book published in the 90s, according to the Daily Mail.

“Meghan would quote the rules all the time and really put them into practice with a number of her boyfriends,” she told The Sun.

The rules of the book include never approaching a man, never suggesting a date, and no more than occasional kissing on a first date and not rushing into sex.

Some of the rules that are in the book include:

• Don’t talk to a man first (and don’t ask him to dance)
• Don’t meet him halfway or become Dutch on a date
• Do not call him and rarely answer his calls
• No more than occasional kissing on the first date
• Don’t rush into sex
• Let him take the lead
• Don’t expect a man to change or try to change him.
• Be honest but mysterious

Markle would have followed the guide closely to find love.
Markle would have followed the guide closely to find love.

The former Suits actress is said to have used the textbook as she dated her most famous ex, ex-husband Trevor Engelson, as well as other former boyfriends.

Read more: • Harry and Meghan – Love story reveals Markle’s past romances

The royal bride-to-be, 36, has dated men from all walks of life, from a TV actor to a business mogul.

Here we take a look at the ones Meghan charmed before meeting The One …


Meghan is believed to dated comedy writer Shaun Zaken for six months in 2003, according to The Sun.

The couple met as students at Northwestern University in Chicago, embarking on a romance the year Meghan graduated.

Shaun, 38, has worked on Mystery Girls and Nail Files TV shows, as well as an appearance in Sex and the City as a waiter.

The writer and producer – who lives in Los Angeles – also co-wrote the TV movie Two Princes, which tells the story of Prince Charming’s arrival in California today, and is slated for release later this year. .


Steve Lepore.  Photo / Getty
Steve Lepore. Photo / Getty

While still in college, Meghan reportedly embarked on a romance with 6-foot-5 basketball player Steve Lepore.

Unfortunately, however, the relationship was cut short after Steve was transferred from Northwestern University to a college in North Carolina.

Steve, 38, is now a basketball coach and lives with his wife, Carrie, and baby daughter in Lexington, Virginia.

He previously declined to talk about Meghan, with his wife Carrie telling Weekend magazine: “I don’t know why, but he won’t.”


After leaving college, Meghan reportedly dated TV actor Brett Ryland for five months.

Brett, who lives in LA, has appeared on TV shows Mother’s Little Helpers and South Of Nowhere.

He later became a personal writer on 2 Broke Girls, as well as working as a writer on the Disney Channel.

Brett seems to have since moved away from the world of showbiz, now working as a business consultant.

SIMON REX, scary movie star

Meghan is believed to have been on a date with actor Simon Rex, who played George in the Scary Movie franchise.

The actor, 43, starred with Meghan in the same episode of the Cuts TV series in 2005, where the couple first met.

Simon went on to have successful careers and is known for his rap alter-ego Dirt Nasty. He is also slated to appear in Avengers of Justice: Farce Wars later this year.

His other famous ex-girlfriends include Paris Hilton, the couple starring together in the 2009 TV movie Rex.


In 2002, during her final year at college, Meghan reportedly dated an anonymous Argentinian businessman while working as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires.

A source told The Sun: “He was a successful businessman and it was about ‘I’ll send you a car, be ready’.”

Meghan is believed to have only had one date with the businessman, but found it “exciting”, according to the insider.


Meghan also reportedly dated an unnamed wealthy college student for nine months while at Northwestern University.

The former actress was reportedly “very much in love” with her college sweetheart, but broke up after moving to Argentina.

The student’s family would have been well-off diplomats.

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