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Queen Letizia Of Spain Has The Same Ex-Husband Drama As Meghan Markle

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Break ups. They’re hard, they cause you pain and you’ll probably feel a weird jolt of either remorse or disgust when you see the other party crop up on your Facebook feed (because despite this being 2018, it’s still always Facebook, isn’t it?) Whatever the turmoil, though, us norms can generally count upon the fact that our ex is unlikely to use the story as a basis for a TV show, say, or maybe a talked-about novel. So, take a moment to sympathise with Meghan Markle and Queen Letizia of Spain, who are both grappling with that very niche problem.

Meghan and Letizia have plenty in common. Both have had successful and high profile careers before marrying into their respective Firms, Meghan as an actress and Letizia as a news anchor. Neither have aristocratic roots. And both were previously married before falling in love with royalty. Letizia married Alonso Guerrero Pérez, a high school teacher and – warning klaxon – writer, in a civil ceremony in 1998, divorcing a year later. Meghan, meanwhile, married film and TV producer – double warning klaxon – Trevor Engelson, in 2011, eventually separating in May 2013 and divorcing shortly after.

Water under the bridge, you might think – until it was announced last year that Engelson was working on a show that bore remarkable similarities to his ex’s current situation. The premise? A Fox comedy about what might (might) happen when the a former spouse marries into the British royal family, and – here’s where it differs from reality – leaving the lead character to enter a custody sharing agreement with the world’s most famous family. Naturally, the network guaranteed that the show is ‘fictional’ and that ‘the lead characters are not based on Markle or Engelson, but who are they kidding?

Now, in an unlikely parallel, it’s been announced that Letizia’s ex has something similar up his sleeve: he’ll soon publish a book titled El amor de Penny Robinson, or The Love of Penny Robinson, which will reportedly take inspiration from his marriage, their break-up and her second, rather more high profile marriage. Oh, and the main character is named Alonso Guerrero. Meta, hey.

Guerrero Pérez is being pretty transparent about the source of his ‘novel,’ with his publisher promising (per Royal Central) the ‘unprecedented true story’ of the ‘transformation of a man with a life without fear into a media character […] by the fact of having been married to the one who was to become the Queen of Spain.’ With a further enigmatic twist, it’s described as ‘a fiction that could become reality, but also a reality that needs fiction to seem credible.’ We’ll leave you to unpick the many nuances of that particular paradox, and to seek solace in imagining that Letizia and Meghan are Whatsapping each other messages of support in these strange times.

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