Meghan Markle's Friends Were Reportedly "Concerned for Some Time" About Jessica Mulroney

Meghan Markle has distanced herself from longtime best friend Jessica Mulroney after comments she made about white privilege. Friends say they saw it coming.

In case you missed the Meghan Markle-Jessica Mulroney drama of the past couple weeks, Meghan has reportedly "distanced herself" from Mulroney for Mulroney's "unacceptable and offensive" comments centering around Mulroney's white privilege as a prominent influencer. Though Meghan reportedly isn't cutting ties completely, sources say the ongoing situation put a strain on the relationship.

For context: Mulroney is facing consequences—including her TV show I Do Redo being dropped (opens in new tab)—after reportedly harassing and threatening Canadian lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter. In a video (opens in new tab), Exeter says she believes that Mulroney "took offense" to a call to action from Exeter's platform about influencers being anti-racists, culminating in a threat in writing. Mulroney later posted a comment on the video, alluding to what many have interpreted as a reference to Meghan: "As I told you privately, I have lived a very public and personal experience with my closest friend where race was front and centre."

An interesting tidbit shared from a source to ET Online (opens in new tab): "[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."

If you're not familiar, Mulroney and Meghan go way back—Mulroney was thought to be Meghan's unofficial stylist and had a prominent role at Meghan's royal wedding. The two met in Canada circa 2011 (Meghan filmed Suits there). Mulroney has, for the most part, remained totally tight-lipped about their ongoing relationship, but has become well-known for the famous connection. Meghan, Prince Harry, and their son Archie even apparently stayed with the Mulroneys (opens in new tab) when they stepped down from being senior members of the Royal Family. 

In an exclusive to Daily Maila source claimed (opens in new tab) that "Meghan had been left 'absolutely mortified' by Jessica's 'tone-deaf' threats to Sasha Exeter, and told close friends that she can 'no longer be associated with her.'"

Sources talking to Page Six (opens in new tab) insist, though, that there was already friction. "I don’t know what the tipping point was, but Jess has been on the outs for some time...Their friendship is definitely not what it was. And really, how can you have such a close friendship when one person is basically making a career out of the friendship?”

And another source explained that the “row has really given Meghan the excuse she was waiting for to cut Jess off for good.”

Since posting about the "disagreement," Mulroney has been quiet on social media, although commenters have continued to be critical of her response:

A post shared by Jess Mulroney (@jessicamulroney) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

And although Meghan's not likely to comment publicly about the news, it'll be interesting to see whether she makes any visits to see her friend in Canada anytime soon.

For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter.

SUBSCRIBE HERE (opens in new tab)

RELATED STORIES