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Meghan Markle Reportedly Forced Ex-Husband Sign A "Pregnancy Contract"


If a couple plans on staying together for the long-haul, it's imperative that they discuss their wants and goals for the future, which include having kids.

Although marriage comes with compromise, nobody should make concessions on becoming a parent if they have no innate desire to have a child.

Not only would the mother or father grow to resent their offspring, but the youngster would feel the genuine lack of love.

However, other women may be skeptical on having children, not because they don't want to become a mother, but because they're nervous about how it would impact their bodies and careers.

And it turns out it's not just a minority of women who think this way either, as some of Hollywood's biggest stars have discussed forgoing parenthood.

But it turns out one of the people we least expected was on the fence of having children, and it's none other than Meghan Markle.

"You know what they say - happy wife, happy life."

Before Meghan was in a relationship with Prince Harry, she was married to film producer Trevor Engelson.

The former couple began dating in 2004 and eventually tied the knot in 2011. However, Meghan and Trevor would only be married for 18 months before they separated.

Meghan Markle and her ex-husband Trevor Engelson

However, when the pair were together, it's believed they discussed expanding their family, but it had several strings attached.

In an interview with Daily Mail, a former friend of Meghan's alleged the Duchess of Sussex gave her ex-husband a "pregnancy contract," where she demanded he pay for a personal trainer and a nutritionist to help her during her pregnancy (if they were to conceive), along with a nanny following the potential baby's birth.  

They said the agreement was brought up when Meghan was gaining notoriety for her role as Rachel Zane on Suits, as she grew concerned on how carrying a child would impact her career.

Meghan Markle and co-star Patrick J. Adams
Meghan Markle and her co-star Patrick J. Adams at a "Suits" panel in 2013.Genevieve/Flickr

"It came up at a time when they were considering having a family, at some point in the near future," the friend claimed.

"She knows the heavy-weighted body-type runs in her family and has always been terrified of putting on extra pounds, particularly given her career at the time."

"Anytime she puts on a bit of weight, it shows on her face, so she wanted to make sure she would be camera-ready very quickly. She demanded a personal trainer and nutritionist during and after the pregnancy."

"I'm sure a nanny was discussed too, but the main focus for her was on health and weight."

Meghan Markle was a model on the game show "Deal or No Deal"
Meghan Markle was a model on the game show "Deal or No Deal"Kaitlin Allen/Twitter/NBC

The insider went on to say that while it was an informal document, Trevor had no choice but to concede to the former actress' contract if he wanted to have children. They claimed that while Meghan only recently became a member of the royal family, "she always wanted to be treated like a princess."

"She says she got him to sign something, maybe just a handwritten letter that she could hang over his head," the former friend asserted.

"You know what they say - happy wife, happy life. He knew he married someone who was very concerned about her image, and at times very insecure about her body, so he just went along with it."

"She wouldn't have taken 'no' for an answer and he knew it. But the end of her marriage came before they could take any of the plans forward."

However, Meghan's strict contract and the end of first marriage wouldn't stop her from experiencing motherhood.

"Meghan likes to be in control, and her image is very important."

On October 15, Kensington Palace announced Harry and Meghan were expecting their first child together, and of course, the royal family was thrilled over the news.

This included Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton, who were all said to all be "delighted" for the newlyweds, while Meghan's mother Doria Ragland has stated to be "looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild."

And as a newly inducted royal, the former friend said it's expected that the British monarchy will make sure Meghan has an enjoyable pregnancy and have any luxury her heart desires.

"She loves to be pampered, so she will be as happy as can be I'm sure," they said.

"She has always wanted kids and a 'nuclear family' structure, so she will be very excited about it. She is going to be beaming into motherhood."

"And to be able to have it all - to be a symbol of feminism and empowerment as well as motherhood and royalty at the same time - it is all that she could want."

However, the source suggested Harry will have to be on his toes for the next nine months, as Meghan's aware she'll be the media's main priority.

"Meghan likes to be in control, and her image is very important, so she could be a little scared and insecure about what's to come," the friend explained. "I hope he is ready to hold her hand and let her be the center of attention."

"Of course her own problems with her father are well-documented, so she will be setting Harry some very high standards."

"She has essentially dismissed her father to be with him, so she will be expecting him to step up for sure."

[H/T: Daily Mail]

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