Jessica Mulroney and Meghan Markle are still close friends. In a since-deleted statement posted on her Instagram story on Sept. 18, Mulroney cleared up rumors about her friendship with Markle, apparently in response to recent reports that they had grown apart. While the stylist and TV host didn’t bring up any particular stories, several outlets reported that she and Markle had an argument after Mulroney was called in June for allegedly molesting a black influencer.
“I’ll tell this once and for all. Meghan and I are family,” wrote Mulroney on her Instagram story. “She̵
Although Mulroney and Markle became close friends after meeting in 2011, the two didn’t speak much publicly about their friendship. Mulroney’s three children – daughter Ivy and twin sons John and Brian – played key roles in Markle’s 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, however, and the Duke and Duchess reportedly stayed with Mulroney and her husband Ben in Canada after serving as senior royals had resigned.
In June, Canadian blogger and Instagram influencer Sasha Exeter wrote that Mulroney had “insulted” a generic “call to action” issued to encourage bloggers and social media influencers to use their platforms to advocate use the Black Lives Matter movement. “What happened next was a series of very problematic behaviors and antics that ultimately resulted in her sending me a written threat last Wednesday,” said Exeter. Although she stated that she “no way will call” [Mulroney] a racist, “the SoSasha blogger explained that the stylist was trying to use her white privilege to” come in writing for a living “.
In response, Mulroney commented on Exeter’s video to apologize and appeared to refer to her friendship with Markle, who has suffered racial attacks from the public since her romance with Prince Harry first went public. “I know we have had different experiences. And that is something I myself have to acknowledge and understand in the course of a heated argument. I am clearly sorry that I did not do that to you and that I caused injuries” said she was writing at the time.
“As I told you privately, I had a very public and personal experience with my closest friend in which the race was paramount,” Mulroney continued. “It was deeply educational. I learned a lot from it. I promise to continue learning and listening as I can use my privilege to raise and support black voices.” The stylist also publicly apologized on Instagram, where she announced plans to step back from social media to “reflect, learn and listen”.
During their hiatus on social media, several outlets reported that Mulroney and Markle’s friendship was on the rocks as a result of the scandal. Though she didn’t comment on the reports when she returned to social media in August, Mulroney later deleted several photos of Markle from her account and briefly made her Instagram page private. However, the following month, she stated on her Instagram story that she deleted the photos because of “bullying” rather than a rift between her and Markle. “The amount of bullying and hatred I’ve endured for 3 years … I’m tired of watching,” wrote Mulroney. “Be kind. Be gracious.”