Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is no stranger to media firestorms and has weathered her share of tabloid scandals. However, the latest report to feature Meghan’s name isn’t even the result of something that she did. Rather, the latest media frenzy revolves around her best friend, Jessica Mulroney, and her swift fall from grace in recent days. While Meghan has yet to make any official statement about the incident, a new report claims that the duchess is less than thrilled with her BFF’s actions.
Who is Jessica Mulroney?
Meghan is notoriously good friends with several Hollywood heavyweights, including George Clooney and Elton John. She also counts celebs like Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, and Ellen DeGeneres among her inner circle. Still, when it comes to her nearest and dearest, no one is closer to the former senior royal than Jessica Mulroney.
Mulroney might not be a big-name actress, but she has her own connections to the limelight. Over the years, she has positioned herself to become a very successful influencer.
Mulroney is a Canadian stylist who works primarily in bridal design and has connections to many major fashion houses. Mulroney even counts Justin Trudeau’s wife as a client and uses her connections and background in fashion design to land deals with celebrities like Mindy Kaling.
Mulroney also has a lucrative television career, speaking out on matters of style and design for several major morning shows. She also launched her own reality show, called I Do, Redo, which focuses on couples who wish to “redo” their wedding ceremonies. Mulroney and Meghan first met around the year 2011, when the now-duchess was cast on the TV show Suits.
Mulroney reportedly worked with Meghan as a stylist for the show, and the two formed a fast friendship.
Meghan Markle has remained close to Jessica Mulroney
After Meghan married Prince Harry in early 2018, she cut ties with many of her friends in America, as her new life in England required that she re-establish herself across the pond. Still, she never let go of her friendship with Mulroney, and the two maintained a close connection that has lasted for many years. Mulroney’s children were even involved in Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry, as page boys and flower girls.
Even if Meghan and Mulroney no longer posted fun selfies of each other on Instagram, making fans jealous with their frequent girl’s trips and exotic vacations, it was clear that Markle had no intention of letting royal tradition dictate whom she claimed as a friend.
However, Mulroney’s recent behavior has proven to be very problematic indeed — and it is possible that Meghan might have to speak up about it.
What does Meghan Markle think of Jessica Mulroney’s scandal?
In mid-June, a scandal erupted that has derailed Mulroney’s career and caused many to rethink the very nature of her friendship with Meghan. A popular Black blogger named Sarah Exeter went online and claimed that Mulroney repeatedly threatened her, sending her offensive messages.
Exeter called out Mulroney, stating: “I am by no means calling Jess a racist, but what I will say is this: she is very well aware of her wealth, her perceived power and privilege because of the color of her skin.” In response to Exeter’s claims, Mulroney’s sponsors quickly began dropping her, and her show I Do, Redo was hastily canceled.
What pushed Mulroney to threaten Exeter? The latter posted a generic call-to-action about the Black Lives Matter movement in light of George Floyd’s killing. While Exeter did not explicitly call out Mulroney — or anyone, for that matter — she assumed it was about her and lashed out. As Refinery29 points out: “a side effect of living in extreme privilege your whole life is thinking everything is about you.”
Exeter says Mulroney messaged her: “I have also spoken to companies and people about the way you’ve treated me unfairly. You think your voice matters, well it only matters if you express it with kindness and without shaming people who are simply trying to learn. Good luck.”
Fans are rightfully appalled by Mulroney’s behavior and audacity to threaten a woman’s livelihood over a generic Instagram story. Refinery29 reports Mulroney apologized three times publicly and threatened to sue Exeter for libel privately.
In the wake of the scandal, many are wondering what Meghan, Mulroney’s best friend, who also happens to be biracial and a feminist, thinks of it all. According to a recent report, Meghan is “mortified” by the whole mess and believes that “she can no longer be associated with Jessica, at least not in public. She has to do what she has to do in order to preserve her dignity and her own reputation.”
While Meghan has made no official statement regarding Mulroney’s scandal, the report points to a friendship breakdown in the very near future — and no more joint girl’s trips for Mulroney and the duchess.