Jessica Mulroney. She’s 39, Canadian, is the best friend of Meghan Markle, and has been a loud and proud supporter of the Duchess since she entered (and, well, exited) the royal fold.
She’s just a friend of Meghan’s… what’s the big deal?
Well, she has a pretty big role in the Duchess’s life it seems. From pre-royalty holidays on the Amalfi Coast (a quick Insta search of #MJxItaly will bring up the full film reel) to helping to plan the royal wedding, Mulroney has been by Meghan’s side since day one. According to royal commentator Katie Nicholl (author of Harry: Life, Loss, And Love), the couple also stayed with the Mulroneys to hide from the press after their relationship became public. She was also reported to have been looking after baby Archie in Canada whilst Harry and Meghan sorted out all this Megxit business over here. So yes, a pretty big deal.
So they go way back – but what’s Mulroney’s story?
She’s a well-connected lady; married to Canadian TV host Ben Mulroney (who is also the son of former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney) and stylist to the stars including Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Meghan herself. Since helping the Duchess to organise her 2018 wedding, Mulroney has also been given her own Netflix wedding planning series – and has even qualified as a marriage officiant.
A wedding guru then – what exactly has she helped Meghan with?
The pair are thought to have first met when the Duchess moved from LA to Toronto in 2011 for the filming of Suits, finding a connection over their love of yoga, travel and fashion. Mulroney helped to pick outfits out for Meghan’s character on Suits – including her wedding dress on the show. Mulroney was then rumoured to be the ‘unofficial wedding planner’ for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, helping on everything from flowers to the seating plan. She attended Meghan’s final dress fitting before the big day (in a top-secret location), and was as close to a ‘maid of honour’ as the Duchess had, while ushering along her own three children who were pageboys and a flower girl for the royal couple.
Mulroney at the Royal wedding with the Duchess of Cambridge (Getty Images)
Since the wedding, Mulroney embarked on the royal tour of Australia and its surrounding islands with the Duke and Duchess (again, in an unofficial capacity… there’s a theme here). She has been a rumoured godparent to Archie, although no official information was ever revealed.
Meghan’s rock, it seems. Does she have to follow a tight-lipped royal protocol?
Not exactly. Mulroney is fairly vocal on social media about both her own life and her royal opinions – from backing Jameela Jamil’s tweet branding press coverage of Meghan as racist, to posting on her own Instagram, calling out ‘racist bullies’ of the Duchess. Mulroney has also posted a cryptic supportive image after the Sussex’s recent announcement of their departure from senior royal life. Expect to see a lot more of her in the coming months, as Meghan and Harry transition into their ‘newly crafted’ roles within the royal family.