Duchess Meghan is apparently still ‘in regular touch with’ Jessica Mulroney

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It’s been about 15 months since Jessica Mulroney pulled that crap with Canadian influencer Sasha Exeter. It happened in June 2020, and the long story short is that Mulroney threatened Sasha’s livelihood all because Jessica took it personally that Sasha wanted people to speak out about Black Lives Matter. Instead of going away for a year and simply making a comprehensive apology for everything, Mulroney hired a PR firm to help her, gave shady interviews to conservative press and begged for attention on Instagram. I was left with the impression that there’s something “not right” with Jessica Mulroney in general.

One of the big reasons why the Mulroney story blew up was because Mulroney was/is a good friend of the Duchess of Sussex. They were besties when Meghan lived in Canada, and Jessica often got credit for styling Meghan when Meghan lived in the UK. The British press was obsessed for months about whether Meghan would cut off or defend Jessica and what that would mean. While Sussex fans hate when I say this, I do think Mulroney put her friend in a terrible position, and instead of coming out and saying “this isn’t about Meghan at all, this is my mess,” Jessica used Meghan as a human deflection shield. The whole thing was pretty crass on Jessica’s part and I wouldn’t have blamed Meghan at all if she did distance herself from Jessica’s toxicity. But that hasn’t happened. From Eden Confidential:

She’s the Duchess of Sussex’s best friend and mentor, who was asked to be maid of honour at the royal wedding, but Jessica Mulroney was said to have become estranged from Meghan since she was involved in an embarrassing race row.

The absence of social media comments about the Duchess by Canadian stylist Jessica, who’s the daughter-in-law of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, led to a string of reports that they had fallen out.

However, a mutual friend tells me that they’re still close pals.

‘Meghan is in regular touch with Jessica,’ says the source. ‘It’s just difficult now they’re in California and Jessica’s in Toronto.’

All Mulroney will say is: ‘Just because it didn’t happen on Instagram, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.’

[From Eden Confidential]

Sounds like Meghan has distanced herself from Jessica in general, but perhaps Meghan has framed it more as “growing up and growing apart naturally” kind of thing. Like, they’re not in the same city, Meghan has two young children, of course they’re not living in each other’s pockets anymore. But sure, they call and chat every now and then. They exchange Christmas cards. Flowers for birthdays too, I bet. I wonder if we’ll ever see them together or hear about them spending time in Montecito or Toronto.

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  1. NCWoman says:

    Meghan is close to Jessica’s children, isn’t she? For that reason alone, she would never cut the woman off, even if they are no longer besties.

    • equality says:

      That’s what I think. She’s probably known the children since they were babies.

    • Pao says:

      Meghan is still good friends with jessica lmao. The british press is just desperate for another “meghan is so horrible she cuts all of her friends off” story. Jessica came out in defense of meghan when BP launched those stupid bullying claims. Im sure that if regular travel was allowed we would see jessica in cali and meg in toronto to visit each other. I believe they are in regular touch.

      • Sarah says:

        I totally agree…. I don’t think they ever fell out, Jessica probably got a talking to by Meghan but there’s no way you’re going to be friends for that long and an incident with someone else is going to cause your friendship to fray. What the pandemic has done is given Meghan the opportunity to not be in the same place as her friend because TRUST ME if Jessica stepped foot in California, we would know.

    • aftershocks says:

      @NCWoman said:
      “Meghan is close to Jessica’s children, isn’t she?”

      Right. Not only has Meghan been close to Jessica and her children, Meghan is also godmother to Jessica’s daughter. I’m sure Meghan takes that responsibility seriously.

      As we all know, Jessica’s children played a prominent role in M&H’s royal wedding, and the Mulroneys sat in the place of honor, family seating at St. George’s Chapel.

      Of course, we’ve also heard the reports that Ben & Jessica offered their home to M&H as a hideout/ hangout shortly after the courtship news broke wide open, and the BM paps and tabloids went on the warpath in Toronto, setting up shop around Meghan’s digs/ neighborhood.

  2. questions says:

    Is Jessica Mulroney’s style a thing in places like LA, NYC, and London? Or is her fashion reflective just of her? How would her style be perceived in other places? Is she actually considered fashionable or does she just have a very good PR team? Or among influencers is her style actually considered good?

    I’m asking because I need to know if I’m out of touch.

    • Susan says:

      I am most likely very out of touch as well but i never heard of her until her friendship with Meghan and her style isn’t what I aspire to. it’s more what I avoid. LOL

    • Charfromdarock says:

      JM’s style isn’t even a thing in Canada.

    • GrnieWnie says:

      her style is Canadian in that it’s just a little off. The vibe here in Canada is…not so happening. I totally get what you’re seeing and it’s hard to articulate but that’s the first thing that jumped out to me about her style as well. It’s just…off. It’s not cohesive. It’s not as polished, even though its trying really hard! I feel like overall, the level of professionalism here is a few bars lower than in the US. And that’s kind of reflected everywhere, even in Parliament (I was kinda shocked at some of the outfits I saw MPs in). I always felt Vancouver style was some weird mix of biker chic and…idk Russian trophy wife or something.

      If I had to articulate it, I’d say…too matchy? Those blue boots do not look good with that flat sweater. The makeup tends to be too much. Too much spray tan. Too much bronzer. There’s no British casual or French ease or American flash. She looks like she’s wearing Banana Republic, basically.

      Canadian style tends to be influenced by different cultures than in the US. Like I really love the colourful Sikh turban-with-a-suit look. But nothing rises to the level of influence that black American culture has had on style there. We are missing that life.

      To me, Australians are like this too. The style=not so much.

      Sorry haha, clearly I have been thinking about this topic for a while.

      • MMRB says:

        @GrnieWnie – This is a very long winded, ill-informed and not at all cohesive commentary about Canadian Style of which you clearly have no knowledge.

      • Elaine Stritch says:

        This is nonsense.

      • Jaded says:

        Not cohesive or polished?? I beg to differ. IMHO much of American style is way too over the top. Canadian style is more polished, less in your face. Have you spent much time in Canada or Australia? I’m Canadian and have traveled to Australia several times, I don’t just get my style sense from magazines, and I’d have to say you’re wayyyyy off the mark.

      • Lyds says:

        I can’t speak for Canada, but IMHO you may not that far off when it comes to Australia. Up until recent years, they only had local Aussie brands that produced Forever 21-style clothing at like, Vince prices (looking at YOU, Forever New!) I don’t remember people being particularly poorly dressed, but more so that tacky, not so well-made clothes were expensive and unworthy. They have lots of cool local brands now (I was there circa 2013 for a few years) so I think the style is probably much improved.

    • Driver8 says:

      I don’t know much about fashion, but that Louis Vuitton bag and blue boots are a crime against humanity.

    • rainbowkitty says:

      I only know who she is because A) I’m Canadian and B) her husband is a Mulroney. Mostly B.
      She has her job because of her last name, there is no question. She’s not a super talented stylist and her face work is a mess. With all the money that family has I would be upset with my plastic surgeon.

    • Matthew says:

      LOL no. Let’s just say she’s a big fish in a very tiny pond.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Questions I’m certainly no style expert either, but I always think Jessica looks absolutely hideous and was shocked when I learned she was a “professional” stylist.
      She always looks both awful and ridiculous imo, the one exception being Meghan’s wedding day, and Meghan likely picked that dress. And she ALWAYS looks like she has far too much bronzer on.

      • Jane says:

        And the highlighter on both of them in that picture above–the contrast between the two is too much!! I guess it was a thing for awhile.

    • Marleigh says:

      I know she’s styled Mindy Kaling for the last 2 years at least.

  3. Susan says:

    Nice try, Jessica. If she had spent any time with Meghan you can’t tell me it wouldn’t be all over IG, hinted at, etc.

    • Simone says:

      When Jessica returned to IG after the Sasha incident, she posted this on her stories: “I’m going to tell this once and for all. Meghan and I are family. She is the kindest friend and has checked up on me everyday. Tabloid culture is atrocious. It creates lies and hurtful storylines. Stop feeding into it. Done.” So you’re right, she did publicise it.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        Yeah, I don’t think they’re really friends anymore. Like I don’t think Meghan would be rude in public if they ran into each other, but I don’t think Meghan is trying to stay besties. Like, Jessica is saying that Meghan sees Jess as the victim of Jess’s racist behavior. I think Jess just posted that knowing there was nothing Meghan’s hands were kinda tied. Like, what would Meghan have said that wouldn’t just backfire and potentially make drama not only in the press, but between any mutual friends they might have. So, not worth it. Jessica used Meghan from the moment Meghan started dating Harry. I just don’t see Meghan being cool with that on top of Jess being racist.

      • Aurelia says:

        I agree. I think she supported Jessica at the start but withdrew right after that.

    • VS says:

      It wouldn’t be!!! none of Meghan’s friends post about her except when the RF started the bullying allegations BS and after the Oprah interview! those friends were fed up of having to stay quiet while people felt free to disparage Meghan left and right!

      I hope Meghan does not drop any of her friends who supported her during, what was probably the worst period of her life! Jessica has had her own issues; she is no worse than any of the royals or royalists! I will take her over any of the people who supposedly “love” the rf and their racist ways!

      • Maria says:

        Mmmmm…I agree that Jessica is no worse than the royals at all but she does drop hints and tidbits sometimes. Like the IG picture of her and Ivy giving “somebody” (probably Archie) a bath during the time Meghan and Harry were on their farewell tour and Archie was known to still be in Canada (that both she and Ben shared on their accounts). And she posted the flowers Meghan sent to her for her birthday.
        Not that there’s anything really wrong with this and I doubt Meghan minds but she’s not quite as discreet as others imo.

      • Nic919 says:

        @maria I agree. JM is still promoting her friendship to Meghan, although less than before. She knows her “hints” on social media are being seen by a lot of people.

        I think we can critique JM without saying it’s an attack on Meghan. JM is not the white woman you want to go to bat for here.

    • girl_ninja says:

      Since Meghan and Harry began dating that has never been Jessica’s style. She has been very respectful of Meghan and her privacy. I don’t personally like her but she seems fiercely loyal to her friend.

    • Linda says:

      Just stop! Stop believing this crap.
      Jessica’s posted a few times that they are still friends over the last year because of daily mail stories disparaging meghan. Eden literally took this from her IG and found a”friend” aka himself to provide a quote.

    • sunny says:

      Please- Jessica was one of the ones who was so tight-lipped when Harry and Meghan got together. She knows how to keep things locked down.

      Look, Jessica can be terrible and what she did to Sasha was terrible and ignorant however, she is Meghan were besties for years and years and she was a very good friend to her. I think they probably have grown a part with all the changes in Meghan’s life but I think they probably are still close. Meghan seems like a forgiving person given how she tried with her father and Harry’s dusty, racist, lying family so she probably is still close to someone who has done so much for her and been there for her.

      • rainbowkitty says:

        Also, Jessica married into a political family. She definitely knows when to shut-up and when to speak to the press.

    • Legalese says:

      You obviously do not follow this AT ALL. Jessica has never spoken openly about Meghan. Not even when Meghan and Harry were first together. Lainey from Lainey Gossip, who worked with Ben Mulroney on eTalk, even wrote a pretty extensive piece about how Jessica literally has a clause in every contract that she will not speak about Meghan or be asked about her. Further, Jessica actually drops a lot of hints on Instagram that they’re still at least relatively close. But knowing that would actually require following the story…

    • Susan says:

      WOW. A lot of Jessica defenders here! At least it didn’t get hostile. LOL.

  4. Sofia says:

    I doubt Eden knows anything. If Jessica is dumb enough to speak to the DM after everything they’re doing/do to Meghan then I don’t know what to say but maybe Meghan knows. There is a lot of history between Meghan and Jessica and just dropping Jessica may be easier said than done. At the end of the day, Meghan knows exactly what her friendship with Jessica is like and knows the best way to go forward after last year.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Eden knows nothing. His ‘source’ is Jessica’s Instagram post saying if it doesn’t happen on Instagram doesn’t mean it didn’t happen at all (ie in reference to Fail story that she didn’t post Meghan’s bday or 40×40 so they aren’t friends anymore). Eden is just stalking SM for stories& guess he took that as confirmation on status of relationship. Sad. To think they could rely on those palace leakers not too long ago.

      • Amy Bee says:

        His last story about Lili’s christening was apparently taken from Deuxmoi. He has absolutely no contacts with people in Harry and Meghan’s inner circle. And that christening story has just faded away.

    • goofpuff says:

      Agreed, this is all made up by Eden for another non-story.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    The press especially the Daily Mail has been trying to drive a wedge between Jessica and Meghan for years. Jessica was the one behind the scenes complaining about Meghan’s former PR agent in the UK giving false stories to the Daily Mail. That’s why they go after so much.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Yup. They are trying to drive a wedge between Jessica and Meghan, the Sussexes and the public and also the Sussexes and the Queen. The evil gnomes are always busy with their fabrications trying to destroy.

  6. Jan says:

    I never believed that Meghan was going to stopped being Jessica’s friend, she can tell Jessica she didn’t like how she handle the situation and moved on from there.
    When every Tom, dick and Larry was attacking Meghan, she was the one friend that was supporting Meghan in public, when you’re getting beat down, you don’t forget who had your back.
    Personally I don’t know much about Jessica, but she seems to be a hard worker like Meghan, your family can open doors for you, but you’ve to put in the work.
    If COVID ever clears up, Jessica and family are going to be in Montecito, when the press started hounding Harry and Meghan, they went to stay with Jessica and Ben.

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ Right @Jan. I mentioned up-thread how we heard the reports about the Mulroneys providing a safe haven in Toronto for M&H in Fall 2016, when BM paps and tabs were going ballistic over the royal courtship news. Meg is godmother to Ivy, as I also mentioned up-thread.

      Upshot IMO, Jessica ain’t a perfect person (as none of us are), but she has been a close, loyal friend to Meg, which matters in the long run. As well, I have little sympathy for Exeter because the whole situation reeks of a set-up/ Toronto turf war thingy. With Meg being world famous and Jessica’s friend, Exeter saw an opportunity via using BLM as a politically-correct battering ram, and she went after it. Jessica responded to the set-up ineptly, stupidly, and overly defensively. Still, I thought there were reports awhile back that Exeter was the one who threatened Jessica first. Jessica was careless in how she reacted, but I don’t see Meg dropping her over the mess.

      Anyhoo, the fact that Exeter’s aunt hosted a Toronto talk show with Ben Mulroney, and the dust-up between Exeter and Jessica ended up in Ben having to give up his spot on the show, makes me go, Hmmm.

      • Pamplemousse says:

        Thanks for this. I remember reading a full timeline detailing exactly how it played out, and I remember thinking “that’s… not the impression I got from my favorite celebrity news website.” With the whole backstory Jessica comes off as more bumbling than malicious.

      • AnneSurely says:

        I stayed completely out of this mess the first time around bc there’s no winning in trying to provide context in such a, validly, emotionally charged situation, but it was fairly common knowledge that this was a clout set up and Jessica Mulroney fell for it. The PR firm that my law firm contracts has an office in Toronto and they were talking about how everyone in media in Toronto was talking about how stupid it was for Jessica to respond to another influencer on social media at all. This was a case of two awful clout chasers duking it out and no one really caring enough about either one, bc again, influencers are awful, to defend them.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Jan I agree. Meghan will not forget who was there for her during the most hellish years of her life, and for the most part, Jessica really has kept her mouth shut where Meghan is concerned. She was a good friend when Meghan needed one, and that won’t be forgotten.
      I personally can’t stand Jessica, but she does seem to have been a wonderful friend to Meghan, even after the tables turned and Meghan became way more high-profile than Jessica ever had been. Lots of other people in Jessica’s situation might have been too jealous of their friend superseding them so quickly and went running to the press, but Jessica never did. She appeared to handle Meghan’s new international stardom well, and seemed genuinely happy for Meghan, even though when they first met, Jessica was the more recognizable name in Toronto.

      Morons like Eden decline to mention we’ve been mired in a WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC and so no one is flying from country to country to visit friends. Especially when Meghan has had a toddler and then a newborn during this time. It’s disingenuous at best to act as if the fact that they haven’t been seen together means anything at all.

  7. Maria says:

    I’m sure they’re still friends, maybe not as close. Jessica isn’t the brightest bulb and I found it distasteful her running to a racist rightwing journalist to “clear her name” in print, and yes, she did mention Meghan several times during this crappy episode which was gross. But if Meghan is still friends with her, that’s Meghan’s business not mine, so whatever.

    • Nic919 says:

      Going to Barbara Kay was very gross and she felt it was ok to use her Mulroney connections to go after Sasha Exeter once again. Canadians would know that Barbara Kay is a right wing columnist who is very anti feminist as well and she would be the first to criticize Meghan in the way the UK tabloids do. And the whole pretending to have all the emails but not publishing them all was extremely shady as well.

      Meghan may not have officially cut off Jessica, but she better be careful because JM is not a friend to women of colour. Her actions in the last year have been similar to Kate with her weaponization of white woman tears and she is the only one who keeps making public hints about Meghan. None of Meghan’s other friends do this.

      This is not a critique of Meghan, because she couldn’t know that JM would act quite this bad, but Meghan has way more solid people in her life she doesn’t need to waste her time with this fame seeker. And she very likely isn’t anyway.

      • Legalese says:

        This actually isn’t true. Daniel Martin comparatively posts about Meghan all the time. From Archie’s birthday and the birth of Lili to literally wishing Meghan a happy birthday on Instagram this year. Jessica has been quiet about all of those things. I think Jessica is a little “off” too but a lot of the comments on here are just inaccurate and reflect the fact that a lot of people who are making comments purporting to contain definitive facts actually haven’t been paying attention at all.

      • Maria says:

        Daniel Martin does do so, you’re right – but he has about 1/4 the followers that Mulroney has and his tidbits are the only information we get about his friendship with Meghan aside from his input on her wedding makeup. He met Meghan through work, so the relationship while close is a little different. The situation contrasts with Jessica who lived in Toronto with Meghan for many years, who for some time was more prominent than Meghan and was snapped in many paparazzi photos with her over the years. If Jessica has been quiet during the past year it’s largely been necessity, I’m sure, due to the fallout from last year. Jessica is also the granddaugher of Benjamin Brownstein and the daughter-in-law of Brian Mulroney, so her mentions and comments are naturally more prominent than Daniel Martin’s.
        It doesn’t really matter and I’m not interested in splitting hairs that much. Again, whoever Meghan wants to be friends with is her business. But the fact is Jessica does like to tantalize now and then and she did bring up Meghan several times during her own drama. Those are just facts. Whether Meghan cares or not, now, that part is none of our business.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Eh, @Nic919, I disagree with the thrust of your comments. None of us know much about what is actually happening behind-the-scenes. Plus, we don’t know any of these public persons on a personal level. From what we do know, Jessica clearly has flaws and shortcomings that were exposed. However, she’s been a ride-or-die friend to Meghan before Meghan became high-profile successful.

        Another thing to realize is that we know very little about Sasha Exeter. Given some of the background details surrounding the Instagram dust-up, I am suspicious of Exeter’s overall motivations.

        I’m pretty much in the ‘whatever’ camp. Bottom line: the situation reeks of a Toronto turf war. Jessica has been trying to fight for her footing, which may be a very long time in fully restoring, if ever.

      • Maria says:

        Sasha may not have had the best intentions (I remain mixed on that) but the fact remains that Jessica’s behavior was classic threatened white woman and whatever Sasha’s intentions are do not hide that. And Sasha was not still talking about it when Jessica ran to rightwing anti-indigenous Barbara Kay to tell her story – Jessica was.
        Jessica may still be a great friend to Meghan but let’s not obscure things.
        Frankly I find it unnecessary to mention Meghan in this exchange at all except to say again that who her friends are are her business. The fact that both Sasha and Jessica did mention her during this instance is disappointing because it has nothing to do with Meghan.

      • aftershocks says:

        @Maria said:
        “… the fact remains that Jessica’s behavior was classic threatened white woman… And Sasha was not still talking about it when Jessica ran to rightwing anti-indigenous Barbara Kay to tell her story…
        I find it unnecessary to mention Meghan in this exchange at all except to say again that who her friends are are her business…”

        I think Jessica’s behavior was faulty and clueless, but moreso about feeling ‘classically threatened,’ period. It’s not as if Jessica and Sasha didn’t know each other socially and/or in some professional capacity as Toronto style influencers, with Jessica having a higher profile that had become even higher as a result of her connection to Meghan who very quickly and suddenly became world famous. There is some jealousy that was involved here, in my estimation. Jessica had landed jobs in the U.S.media, talking about fashion. So as I said, the dust-up seems more about a Toronto turf war.

        Why would Sasha Exeter continue to be talking when she’s already won the confrontation? Jessica lost face, rep, her U.S. jobs, standing as a social influencer, etc. Her husband, Ben, lost one of his positions with his network, on a show he co-hosted with Exeter’s aunt, and Lainey Liu.

        Jessica running to whoever to get part of her defense out smacks of rock bottom desperation. Likely, no other outlet was interested in running J’s side of the story, which in part revealed that Exeter threatened J first over her reluctance to advocate for BLM on Instagram.

        I feel that Exeter was overly pushy regarding the BLM aspect of this mess. Thus Exeter, IMO, used BLM purposely to try and push J into a corner and potentially cut her down to size by forcing a defensive reaction. Which Exeter got. End of story, really.

        But the tabloids do love beating dead horses and repeatedly exposing so-called ‘Karens,’ and especially piling on whenever possible (which is rare) any friends of Meghan’s caught out on the short end of faulty behavior. Failing that, of course, we get purely made-up lies and drivel about how awful Meghan is.

        And that is actually the reason why we even heard about this Toronto turf war: Meghan is a friend of Jessica’s. You may wish Meghan was never mentioned, or that she shouldn’t be mentioned in connection with this. However, Meghan is a big reason why Sasha used BLM to get pushy with Jessica and force her into complying or into being defensive.

      • Maria says:

        Eh. Having followed what happened as it unfolded I don’t agree she was weaponizing BLM, really. And she may have mentioned Meghan, but Sasha didn’t force Jessica to mention Meghan or include her. Jessica did that on her own.
        Sure, Sasha could have had bad motives, but if she did, it’s not unreasonable at all to think she’d still be talking about Jessica, who after all is not really dislodged from her privileged circles even though she lost a couple of gigs and her husband resigned. She wasn’t still talking about her, though, and Jessica’s choice of a journalist defender is squarely on her. There is no reason for her to want “her story” out so badly that she would use Barbara Kay as an outlet. Desperate or not, it was a bad choice all around.
        As I’ve stated elsewhere, as a Brownstein descendant and a Mulroney daughter-in-law, there’s no way she was suffering that much. She didn’t lose any celebrity followers or clients or friends, it seems. And she’s making her way back, it looks to me.
        Sasha wasn’t this evil angry Black woman who manipulated Jessica. I think the idea of her singling out Jessica was a bit weird but as others have said the conversation was not released in full so we don’t know what happened. But here’s what we do know: if Jessica hadn’t wanted to respond or didn’t feel qualified she could have said so. It escalated because she relied on the same dogwhistles white women always use. Again, nobody forced her to do that.

        Jessica mentioning Meghan only enabled tabloids to use her name more. Sasha doesn’t know Meghan, so she doesn’t really owe her much (as much as I’ve disagreed with some of her comments on Meghan in the past). But Jessica is part of the reason this happened.

        Again, Meghan may not even care and that’s none of my business. That is stuff we don’t know or have any right to know. But what I mention above, is what we do know.

    • Lorelei says:

      For all we know, Meghan may not even care if her friends drop little tidbits on Instagram, now that she’s left the BRF. Talking about your friends on your SM is what literally everyone does, and none of them have ever disclosed anything super-personal or posted photos from inside the Sussexes home or of their children or anything like that.

      Jessica sucks for *many* reasons, but she’s always been a loyal friend to Meghan.

  8. Linda says:

    Meghan gets scrutinized for everything. Let this woman breathe. Stop believing these kinds of stories and feeding into them. Jessica posted on her IG the last time daily mail came for her and Meghan that they’ve been in contact everyday.
    Leave Meghan alone my gosh! Who she’s friends with is none of our business.
    Eden needs clicks and stories to make $$$. He took Jessica’s little statement on IG about not believing everything that is written and added to it.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Linda ita; of course everything you said is 100% right.

      BUT I have to admit that I realized yesterday — when there were absolutely no posts about the royals here, for the first time I could remember — how much even people like us who adore Meghan contribute to the problem.

      I was so disappointed when there wasn’t anything about the BRF on CB for an entire day, and most of the posts about other people that were here yesterday generated far fewer comments/way less engagement than royal posts consistently do.

      The fact is that we just love talking about them; many of us are sort of addicted to it in a way, even if we’re hardcore Sussex defenders. And as long as there’s an audience, the BM will continue to churn out content for us to dissect.

      It’s an awful cycle, and it made me feel so ashamed of myself, but that’s how I honestly felt, and I doubt I’m alone in this.

      • Maria says:

        No need to feel ashamed, Lorelei. We’re all going to be interested in the activities of prominent people and after all this is Diana’s son and daughter-in-law. But I think (for the most part) our commentary about *Meghan herself* helps because if it weren’t for sites like this there would be an image of a monolith of bad opinion against Meghan from the British Media and that just isn’t accurate. I honestly believe that contrary to many cases of media, the British Media would still be putting out pieces about them because the audience here is not what they are targeting. The presence of the monarchy involving itself in it is the difference, I feel.
        Obviously there needs to be a healthy limit to it. These people are still strangers and we need to focus on our lives. But it helps that most posters here are very insightful and well-researched. So the discussion is often very enriching, for me at least.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Maria: that’s a good point, thank you. I wonder if Meghan is aware of CB? I know some publicists have interns who monitor *everything* written about their clients online, but idk how the Sussexes handle it, or who decides what they need to see and what can be ignored, or how those decisions are made.
        I hope she is, because we know she inevitably ends up seeing or hearing about a lot of the negative bullsh!t written about her, and this site is like a port in the storm. The internet in general — and most of all comment sections, which are so full of degenerates that it’s depressing to even think about — is a such a cesspool, but this site is completely different, with so many intelligent readers of all ages from all over the world.

        I don’t know how Katie did it, but she really did create a great little community here and I hope that if Meghan does in fact read anything about herself online (Idk if I’d be able to resist 100% of the time if I was a public figure…), that somehow she finds and reads some of our comments here too. It would feel like a balm after seeing all of the absolute trash out there.

  9. Snuffles says:

    I have ZERO interest in policing Meghan’s friendships.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      This. If she distances herself or makes any kind of statement, people will say she chose Performative Wokeness over loyalty to a friend. She’ll be required to repeat the performance anytime something problematic is revealed about someone in her life. If she openly stays friends with her, they’ll use her association with someone problematic to justify and shut down any discussion of the way she’s been treated. I think it’s enough that Meghan allowed Jessica face the consequences of her behavior.

  10. Mgbaru mmiri says:

    What JM did was horrible but sasha blew it up because of MM’s relationship with Jm, their attitude stink. Jm is loyal to mm

    • L4frimaire says:

      As many said, what Jessica did was wrong and inexcusable but Sasha was shady AF, and then the whole thing after, pulling in Lainey Gossip was suspect as well. There was a lot of opportunism involved and wonder if these people all thought this was worth it and what exactly did it get them.

  11. Legalese says:

    It’s pretty clear they’re still friends. Jessica literally wished Meghan a happy Mother’s Day on her Instagram stories this year and also shared a picture of the flowers Meghan sent her for her birthday around March. It’s also quite obvious if you follow her on Instagram that she has visited Meghan and Harry in CA (and yes, despite the travel restrictions, Jessica has been in the US multiple times this year – this is well-documented on Instagram). Jessica is generally discreet about her friendship with Meghan but she LOVES to drop hints here and there and dangle the carrot. Anyone who thinks they aren’t close anymore just hasn’t been paying attention or has an agenda (like DailyMail).

    • goofpuff says:

      You can be friends with someone but not be close anymore. Flowers are a nice thing but doesn’t mean they’re still besties. I’m sure Jessica got lots of flowers from people she’s not even that close to. Also CA is HUGE! It is possible to go to the US and not see every single person you know there. I’m sure Jessica has plenty of other friends besides Meghan.

      For example, of my bridesmaids, several years later we’re not that close anymore. Do I send them the birthday flowers? Yeah sometimes, but I don’t consider them my best/close friend – more like old friend who I’m not that close to anymore.

      • Legalese says:

        I wasn’t basing the claim that Jessica has visited based on the fact that she’s traveled to the US. My point with that was refuting the notion that she can’t visit because of border restrictions – Canadians still can’t come to the US. But she has been quite a few times. My claim that she has visited was based on photos she has posted that identify certain locations if you know them well enough. Clearly you don’t.

  12. Deanne says:

    I have no idea if they are still friends or not, but all I have to say is that I can’t believe that Jessica is a stylist for anyone. Seriously.

    • questions says:

      That’s what I come away thinking every time I see a story on Jessica Mulroney. I have much less interest in whether she’s friends with Meghan Markle, and much more curiosity as to whether her clothes would be considered fashionable and whether she’d get compliments for her style. I’m baffled.

      • Lorelei says:

        Same, @Questions. I’m in NYC and cannot see her being considered the least bit fashionable or stylish here, but what do I know (I’m typing this as I’m wearing my yoga pants from Old Navy, so! Not the best judge).

  13. LRob says:

    This goes to the whole subject of what we expect from the close friends and family of a person who makes a serious mistake and is exposed for it. The issue comes up re Chrissy Tiegen, It comes up here about Jessica Mulroney. In both cases my opinion is that their loved ones should stay close, be honest, and support them, while holding them accountable for acknowledging the mistake they made. and making amends. ( In some cases of course the mistake is more than just that and all ties must be cut.)

    IMO Meghan’s connection to the Mulroney children is deep and she and Harry’s loyalty to Ben and Jessica as friends is too. I would expect there have been frank heart to hearts, visits to CA, prayers and more, and that they are still close.

    And of course, I know nothing.

  14. Well Wisher says:

    Jessica Mulroney got into trouble when she lodged a complaint against the daily fail. That is where it all started. It became an attack against the country, the same with Authumn Philips and when the Sussexes moved to BC.
    When it became apparent that the Sussexes were dating, while the rest of the world was commenting about them, the story here was the behaviour of the tabloids especially the fail. This will be their modus operandi, write an article based on instagram, then refute it.

    Canadian fashion was influenced by Quebec , they dressed the rest of the country and we were well dressed. There was free trade, the factories closed, the foreigners bought the bay, boutiques closed and then the ugly clothes and designer crap. Horribly made clothes had to be altered, the sewers organized, now their clothes are sold in Europe. Some of the companies were bought by venture capitalist, meanwhile smaller companies are making the dresses and the hats. Still miss the shoes from Brazil.

    • Lorelei says:

      @WellWisher, I have no idea if or when this could happen, but I’d love it if the Fail imploded and was shut down completely at some point during my lifetime so I could witness it. It happened to the News of the World, and then Gawker, so it’s not *totally* out of the realm of possibility.
      I’m not holding my breath, but a girl can dream.

      • Well Wisher says:

        Actually they are looking for new consumers, there have been about 8 or less online news in the UK. They tend to be regional in parts of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and London. Johnson passed laws making it treasonous to speak ill against the government. Subscriptions for the Sun are drastically reduced due to the sucicide of Caroline Flack. The targetted audience finally realized that they were held in low regard in the eyes of the owners and editors. Ad sales are down.
        Fail applied to repurchase its shares in early August. To go private? They are now focusing on the anti Biden crowd in the US, with gossip as diversion. That would include the Sussexes. It is alleged that there is a market for anti-Meghan stories within the women between the ages of 50 to 70 year bracket .
        Time will tell how this unfold. They are reporting higher questionable higher sales – possible to attract ad sales.
        It will be up to the US market online.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Well Wisher, thank you! I didn’t know any of this, and it’s nice to hear that at the very least, poor Caroline touched enough people that the Sun has lost a bit-insignificant number of subscribers.

        Can I just say how horrified I am about the women in the 50—70 age group wanting more anti-Meghan content?! I always thought people matured as they aged, but apparently that isn’t true for everyone, not by a long shot. What is wrong with these women? Chances are by that point in their lives, many of them have been married and have their own children, yet they enjoy seeing Doria’s child, and now Archie and Lilibet’s mother, ripped to shreds every single day? (Not that you even need to be a mother to be horrified at Meghan’s treatment, not at all!) I can’t even wrap my brain around this.

        Where is their compassion? Imagine being *70 freaking years old* and choosing to spend your time trashing Meghan Markle online? Unbelievable. Just unreal.

  15. Sunnyvale says:

    I bet all Meghan haters are disappointed!! They had endless folders calling her “calculating” & overusing “ghosting” blaming it all on Meghan. There has been a reckoning among celebs recently about how they treat/speak to others (i,e; Matt Damon, Liam Neeson,..et) but I bet (in time) Jessica will come back just like most of tgem & get gigs again which again daily heil & the haters will hate.

    @ kaiser the sqad hates people policing Meghan’s actions/inaction so plz don’t take it personally! They litterly attacked Meghan for touching her own body(baby bump) or anyone who wished her well so ofcourse they won’t leave her associates alone!!

  16. candy says:

    Cutting people off is a normal and healthy part of life. Just because women are constantly guilt-tripped into keeping bad relationships (male or female), doesn’t mean we deserve to be martyrs.

    If you get married and have kids, you change friends for a multitude of reasons. Some old friends are too possessive to accept the new spouse. Some are used to your availability and get annoyed when it diminishes. You develop shared values with your spouse that don’t always line up with your previous objectives. With newfound fame, you have to become more guarded. Mulroney is so thirsty, she is absolutely not a sane person. Who cares if Meghan dropped her?

  17. brubs says:

    I recently found out that Jessica Mulroney is Mindy Kaling’s stylist and I was shocked. People here are always talking about her (Jessica’s) not so good style, but Mindy always looks great

    • StartupSpouse says:

      I absolutely love Mindy, but you can tell when JM styles her. She just looks like she is trying way too hard, and she looks ridiculous. She looked amazing on The Mindy Project so she should work with the designer who made all her clothes from that show. I want everything she wore on TMP, but apparently it was all custom for her!

      • Ky says:

        The designer’s name is Salvador Perez. He does costumes for most of the shows she produces as well as many feature films. He also custom designs a large portion of Mindy’s wardrobe. Anytime Mindy made an appearance and she looked really good it is highly likely that he put that look together. He gives great Instagram.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Brubs I had the same exact reaction when I read that part! Mostly I was annoyed that Eden called her a “D-List” actress — Mindy is a household name with tons of excellent projects under her belt, while Eden is some idiot hack that only people like us even know exists. The audacity of that little bitch, calling her D-List!!
      But yes, I was surprised and disappointed to see Mulroney was working for her. Mindy has had many great looks and many misses, but even on her worst day, she still looks better than Jessica ever does, imo.

      @Startupspouse ITA, I always coveted her wardrobe on that show!

  18. Aud says:

    I think their relationship status depends on how Jessica has reacted privately. Has she educated herself and improved? Is she still in denial? We have no idea.

    They may remain close and Meghan simply asked Jessica to keep their friendship private and off of social media because of how the British press twists everything.

  19. bettyrose says:

    I’m a huge introvert and only have very few close friends. It would take a lot for me to abandon one. Racist BS would probably do it, but I can’t know what Jessica and Meghan discussed.

  20. Athena says:

    Most of us have a messy friend or family member and we love them in-spite of their messiness. Sascha set up Jessica so she can have her 15 minutes of fame, acting as if she was a helpless single mother with no connections and it turns out her aunt is a tv presenter. Yes Jessica behaved badly but most people saw through Sascha’s stunt. Plenty of faults on both sides.

    I saw Jessica in person in Bloomingdales in NYC, way too much work done on her face, too much fillers, too much makeup, and nothing at all special about the clothes. It was a bit of a let down giving how she looked at H&M’s wedding.

    I think she is loyal to Meghan and vis a versa and Jessica could be a godparent to Lilibet.

  21. diANNa says:

    A big Sussex fan here and commenting for the first time cause I don’t understand the hate for Jessica Mulroney.

    First off, if we have respect for Meghan, then we should respect that she chooses her friends wisely and it’s apparent that these ladies were/are BFFs, that JM was a helpful and loyal friend, and clearly battled on behalf of her pal Meghan, and for this she was targeted by BM and Sussex haters.

    From what I have read regarding the Sasha Exeter conflict, it seems that both women got into the trenches. While Exeter sought to support the BLM movement and appealed to influencers to join her campaign, it seems that JM took that as some kind directive and felt attacked by Exeter for declining to join. I think it’s understandable given the amount of hate JM was already receiving as a result of her friendship with Meghan that she might decline to wade in on another topic that would inspire even more overwhelming hate. To my understanding, JM has not been an activist or commentator on social issues, so that is not surprising.

    It sounds like a SM spat which is not at all uncommon. It would be fair to say that JM’s response showed her privilege and I believe she thought that letting Exeter know that she has connections would make Exeter back off her accusations. Exeter then chose to publicize this spat – risky, but with the momentum of the BLM movement, a good calculated risk to take which landed her great sympathy and a much-raised profile given who JM is connected to.

    In summary, JM was targeted because she is Meghan’s BFF, and as other commenters have posted, the haters want to create controversy because of her relationship to Meghan, so that it reflects badly on Meghan, and reduces the influence of her support. Thus it seems unfair that her long-standing and loyal association to Meghan should cancel her even amongst Meghan supporters.

    • Pamplemousse says:

      Good summary, especially the part about respecting M’s friendship choices. She just doesn’t strike me as someone who would cast aside years of friendship and loyalty over a poorly handled social media scuffle, and the fact that people are taking that as a foregone conclusion seems to be more wishful thinking than grounded in reality.

    • Legalese says:

      Agree with all of this. Jessica was completely out of line but in no way was she “being racist” like others are suggesting here. If I remember correctly Jessica also repeatedly tried to apologize, but Sasha ignored her and, rather than having a conversation with her – which is what one might do if the entire interaction was in good faith – just decided to blast on her on her Instagram stories. Again, what Jessica did was wrong, but I don’t think Sasha’s intentions were pure either.

    • Maria says:

      No, I disagree. Jessica’s actions were classic white defensiveness.
      Respecting Meghan means respecting her choice of friends regardless of what you think of them because as much as I look up to Meghan she is still a stranger and my opinion on her personal life means nothing. But I see no reason why my admiration for Meghan needs to extend to Jessica. This incident has nothing to do with Meghan at all.

    • ElleV says:

      meghan married into THE colonizing institution, to a man who wore a nazi uniform to a party and who admits he didn’t wake up to a lot of problematic stuff until they got together. this isn’t a criticism of her – just a reflection that she’s clearly someone who believes in people’s potential to grow and change, and doesn’t require a clean rap sheet for close connection.

      i don’t doubt Meghan was disappointed in Jessica and may have reset some boundaries in their friendship, but I would be shocked if she wrote her off entirely over this.

  22. L4frimaire says:

    I don’t know of any Sussex fans who were caping that hard for Jessica during that Sasha thing, or defending her privileged Karen behavior. However, a lot of the follow up was shady, and looked like there was some BS involved with Lainey and Ben Mulroney and the whole thing reeked. Anyway, Meghan is allowed to keep her friends, even when they’re messy and stupid. I have some messy friends who do things I would never but they’re my friends, I love them, love their kids, don’t always understand or agree with their choices and we’ve had heated disagreements sometimes over it. We don’t know what went down with them or what types of conversations they had regarding this. People are so desperate for news on Meghan, what she’s doing,who she’s with, they’re replaying old news now.

  23. Aeren says:

    Why has nobody commented on JM’s displaced blue contact!?