Who Is Jessica Mulroney? Get To Know Meghan Markle's "Scene-Stealing" BFF
The Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition #RoyalWedding
The royal wedding madness is certainly far from over. We were in awe of the simplicity and elegance of Meghan Markle’s bridal dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, fell in love with Prince Harry’s first words upon seeing his bride, laughed at the meme-worthy photo-bombing moment of pageboy John Mulroney (the seven-year-old godson of Meghan), and admired the poise and gentleness of the bride’s mother, Doria Ragland.
John's mom, Jessica Mulroney, was also a much talked-about guest at the royal wedding. She is the bride’s best friend. During the event, the Canadian fashion stylist was escorting her twin sons, pageboys Brian and John, and the bridesmaids as they went up the steps of St. George's Chapel, when she wowed the viewers and the netizens with her shapely derriere. This asset was perfectly showcased by her stunning navy blue Di Carlo couture dress.
People immediately called it the "Pippa moment," reminiscent of the time when Pippa Middleton, Kate Middleton's younger sister, grabbed attention during Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011.
Some netizens, however, said Jessica was outshining Meghan, because she attended the wedding's evening reception in a gold draped back Naeem Khan gown while the bride went for a simple white high neck Stella McCartney gown in silk crepe fabric.
Because of these, people got more curious about Meghan's best gal pal.
Jessica, 38, has been recognized for helping propel some Canadian designers' careers to global fame with her influence in fashion. Her fame and influence are thanks in part to her role as the stylist of Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau. One of her most remarkable styling gigs was when she chose a lovely Sentaler coat for the Canadian first lady during her husband’s swearing-in ceremony in November 2015.
“She wore a coat by Canadian designer Sentaler and people went crazy for it. We had created this media frenzy, like you see with anything Kate wears,” Jessica told The Telegraph UK in 2016. “Then we realized we had a responsibility to create more moments like that to give homegrown designers an international platform.”
According to The Telegraph UK, the stylist also had a brush with the British royals in the autumn of 2016, even before her best friend’s wedding. She was contacted by the British palace about styling Sophie during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour to Canada. “We were contacted by Kensington Palace a few days ago and informed about what colors the Duchess is wearing,” she told The Telegraph UK. She showed a breezy approach to the styling protocol, saying that “they’re both so young and beautiful that even if they both wore the same color, I don’t think it would be a bad thing.”
Her styling stint for Sophie is particularly interesting, as she is also the daughter-in-law of former Canadian prime minister, Brian Mulroney, an opponent of prime minister Justin Trudeau. She married Ben Mulroney, the second child of Mila and Brian, in 2008. The couple now has three children: Brian Gerald Alexander and John Benedict Dimitri, the seven-year-old twins who are now popularly known as the royal pageboys of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Isabel Veronica “Ivy”, 4, one of the royal bridesmaids.
Jessica has established a career in PR and fashion design. She also regularly does segments for the lifestyle program and talk show Cityline and works as a consultant at Kleinfeld at Hudson’s Bay, a wedding boutique in Canada, where she has helped many brides find their perfect wedding gowns. Jessica is, in fact, also known as a wedding fashion stylist; she even has a separate Instagram account for her bridal styling stints. With her strong bridal consultancy credentials, she is believed to have been the secret wedding planner of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, helping Meghan with final bridal gown fittings and was “pulling plenty of strings behind the scenes."
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She reportedly first bonded with Meghan over their shared love for yoga, back when Meghan was still a resident in Toronto and was filming Suits. Her love for yoga is impressive; Jessica has been posting Instagram videos of her amazing yoga poses and routines through the years. Also seen in her Instagram page are random photos of her holidays with Meghan from way back.
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Based on Jessica's Instagram account, she was hanging out and holidaying with Meghan around the time she first met Prince Harry in 2016. Some posts of her Italian holiday with the new Duchess of Sussex, hashtagged #mjxitaly, show how the two ladies have been really close even before the much-publicized royal romance.
As they say, birds of the same feathers flock together. Like Meghan, Jessica also has the passion for giving. She is the co-founder of The Shoebox Project, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes gifts in the form of shoeboxes to give to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across Canada and the USA. According to the organization’s official website, each well-curated shoebox “is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis." She formed the organization alongside her sisters-in-law, Katy, Caroline, and Vanessa Mulroney.
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Jessica apparently first solidified her status as part of the royal couple’s inner circle when she was invited by Prince Harry and Meghan at the Invictus Games (a parasport gathering for the wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans) in Toronto, Canada in 2017. It was the third Invictus Games, an event created in 2014 by Prince Harry.
Fast forward to 2018, Jessica reportedly traveled to London a number of times to help Meghan with the royal wedding preparations. Although not an official matron of honor, Jessica was also said to have helped with choosing the designer for the bride’s wedding dress. According to a Vanity Fair insider, “Meghan and Harry trust Jessica. She and her husband, Ben, knew about the romance before anyone else and they are very much a part of their inner circle. Meghan loves Jessica’s style and relies on her expertise. She has been very hands on helping her to plan the wedding.”
Photo from @georgepimentel1 via @jessicamulroney