MEGHAN MARKLE dated multiple men before marrying Prince Harry last year – but what was the heartbreaking reason her college boyfriend dumped her?
Meghan met Steve Lepore in her first year at Northwestern University. He was a 6’5’’ basketball star from Ohio who “raised her stock” with her sorority sisters. According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, a former classmate said they were “quite the pair”.
In his 2018 book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’, Mr Morton wrote: “Her first boyfriend [at university] was Steve Lepore, a chiselled, white, 6’5’’ sophomore basketball player from Ohio.
“He made Meghan at 5’6’’ feel petite.
“Her association with Lepore raised her stock with her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sisters, who were impressed that she had snared such a hottie.”
Their romance was to be short-lived, however.
Meghan Markle was dumped by her university boyfriend when he transferred (Image: GETTY)
Meghan dated basketball star Steve Lepore in her first year (Image: GETTY)
Steve transferred to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for his junior and senior years, snapping up an opportunity for his basketball career.
Steve now lives with his wife Carrie, and their baby daughter in Virginia, and is a basketball coach at a military academy.
A source told The Sun: “[Meghan] was moving into a new world from LA and being able to land a guy who was already settled and popular was important for her.
“She was very proud of having landed this handsome guy and happy to share photos of him.
Northwestern University, Illinois (Image: GETTY)
“She spoke of how broad and beautiful his chest was.
“Meghan was used to being ‘the star’ of the pairing, but Steve was the star of the basketball team. She hadn’t ever dated someone like that.”
The idea that Steve was different from Meghan’s previous boyfriends is backed up by Mr Morton.
He said: “Normally, she went for well-dressed Latin boyfriends like Luis Segura, but she changed gears during her time at Northwestern.”
Meghan and Harry tied the knot in May 2018 (Image: GETTY)
Meghan dated many boys and men before Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)
Luis was a high school boyfriend of Meghan’s who she dated for around two years.
The pair were set up on their first date by Luis’ sister Maria, and Meghan later got to know the whole family well, including his brother Danny.
Curiously, she even went to prom with Danny in April 1998.
Both Danny and Luis went to St Francis High School, an all-boys Catholic school where she gained “star status”.
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She was in a school play at St Francis, Oedipus Rex, playing the part of Jocasta – and Danny attributes his own love of the stage to Meghan’s encouragement during that play.
Luis, now a successful estate agent, described Meghan as “sweet and fun”.
Through the Seguaras, Meghan became friends with other boys at St Francis and, according to the director of Oedipus Rex, she had a little “fan club”.
She was even crowned Homecoming Queen at the school.
Meghan Markle and her newborn baby Archie (Image: GETTY)
Meghan had to write an essay about her accomplishments and her volunteer work at a soup kitchen made her stand out.
She was announced as that year’s Queen on a hastily-erected stage during halftime of a St Francis American football game.
Mr Morton noted: “It was an indication of her popularity and appeal that a girl who was neither a cheerleader neither hailed from one of the local all-girls Catholic schools was chosen.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK