- In the wake of Jessica Mulroney's white privilege scandal, her longtime friend, Meghan Markle, is reportedly stepping back from the relationship.
- A source close to the royal said Meghan has "distanced herself from Jessica because the comments were unacceptable and offensive."
- Still, the source insists that Meghan does not intend to completely end her friendship with Mulroney.
Meghan Markle might be making some changes to her inner circle. A source close to the Duchess of Sussex says she's been reevaluating her longtime friendship with Jessica Mulroney in the wake of the latter's recent white privilege scandal.
In case you need a recap, Mulroney came under fire when Black influencer Sasha Exeter called her out for "very problematic behavior" and "textbook white privilege" after Mulroney reportedly reached out to brands to discourage them from working with Exeter after the two women had a falling out. At one point her attempts to explain her behavior and defend herself, Mulroney seemed to subtly reference her friendship with Meghan, who has been the victim of racism consistently, especially since joining the royal family.
Now, it seems like Meghan may be taking steps to distance herself from Mulroney.
"She's distanced herself from Jessica because the comments were unacceptable and offensive," a source close to the royal told ET Online. "[Meghan's friends have been] concerned for some time that Jessica has been profiting from her relationship with Meghan and using it to further her brand. That's something [Prince] William and Harry have never accepted with any of their friends."
According to the source, however, that does not mean that Meghan is going to completely cut Mulroney out of her life.
"Jessica made an error in judgment which was regrettable and for which she has apologized and made a vow to step back and learn from her insensitivity," the source explained. "Regardless, Jessica has been a source of strength for Meghan in the past during some of her most difficult times. She even watched over [Markle's son] Archie."
While her friendship with Mulroney may be in a cooling off period, Meghan probably won't notice the absence too much. The royal will be launching the Archewell Foundation with her husband, Prince Harry, in the near future and is committed to promoting social justice and equality and working with Black Lives Matter leaders.
"For now, she is focusing on projects and issues that are important to her including the development of the couple's foundation and listening and learning from community leaders about social justice and equality," the source said.
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
October 22, 2019
Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps.
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings.
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles.
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings while visiting Morocco.
February 24, 2019
The Duke and Duchess arrive to the "Education For All" boarding house in Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Meghan wore an Alice and Olivia blazer and Birdies slippers.
January 30, 2019
Meghan Markle visits the National Theatre wearing a Brandon Maxwell dress and blazer, a Carolina Herrera clutch, and Aquazzura pumps.
January 10, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works wearing Kimai earrings.
October 30, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan visit New Zealand; both are wearing Muck boots.
October 29, 2018
Harry and Meghan visiting New Zealand during their Autumn tour Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Meghan opted for Adidas Stan Smith sneakers for this occasion.
October 27, 2018
For the Invictus Games Closing ceremony, Meghan wore an Antonio Berardi Tuxedo dress and Aquazzura pumps.
October 26, 2018
Meghan visits Tupou College wearing Adina Reyter earrings.
October 22, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their royal tour in Australia. The duchess steps out in a Reformation dress with Sarah Flint sandals.
October 21, 2018
Meghan spotted wearing Veja sneakers during day two the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.
June 26, 2018
The Duchess and Duke of Sussex with the Queen at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony wearing Prada top and skirt and Aquazzura pumps.
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