We are back with some news updates and the first of our profiles on names to know in Meghan’s inner circle.
First, in case you missed the news, Harry and Meghan have several engagements in Edinburgh on Tuesday, the 13th. More from our Meg Events page.
Tuesday, February 13: Meghan and Harry will be in Edinburgh, Scotland. They will first visit Edinburgh Castle; after being welcomed by the Royal Marines Scotland Band, they will watch the firing of the One O’clock Gun inside the Castle. Their second stop is at Social Bite, a group of cafes using its profits to end homelessness in Scotland. Their final engagement will be at the Palace of Holyroodhouse where they will attend a reception celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People.
Next, news that Meghan is expected to have a role at this April’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, a weeklong event that will be attended by as many as 52 Commonwealth heads of state. More from Camilla Tominey’s story in The Express:
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is also expected to take part in the summit, and Foreign Office staff are thought to be keen to harness the popularity of Ms Markle, who was cheered as she has accompanied Harry on engagements in Brixton and Cardiff in recent weeks.
This could see Harry and Meghan attend a glittering state banquet at Buckingham Palace, where the American actress could be asked to don a royal tiara for the very first time – just weeks before her wedding on May 19.
We’ll update as we learn more information about the events.
Now we turn our attention to Jessica Mulroney, one of Meghan’s closest friends as well as her stylist. Many of you have probably seen some of the news coverage about Meghan’s wedding gown.
If not, here is a quick update: in mid-January royal correspondent, Omid Scobie reported on Good Morning America that a dress had been chosen and Jessica Mulroney is involved in the process. More from ABC:
“We have a wedding dress designer,” said Scobie, also a royal biographer. “Meghan flew in her close friend and bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney from Toronto to London last weekend where she attended a top-secret fitting at Kensington Palace with the designer.”
Mulroney’s four-day visit to Kensington Palace last week also allowed Markle and Mulroney to start reviewing plans for the May 19, 2018, wedding and reception. Mulroney, also a bridal planner, is assisting Markle in the entire design and concept of the wedding party outfits and look for the reception.
It occurred to us that perhaps not everyone is familiar with Jessica Mulroney or knows about her friendship with Meghan, thus our post today.
Ms. Mulroney is a fashion stylist based in Toronto, Canada; one of her most notable clients is Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. She has referred to herself as a ‘fashion strategist,’ and she does style commentary for a variety of media outlets. Her husband, Ben Mulroney, is a TV presenter whose father is former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The couple has three children, fraternal twins Brian and John, and daughter Isabel (often called Ivy). The Mulroneys shared a family photo at Christmas, seen above.
Below, you see Ms. Mulroney in photos from her Instagram account.Ms. Mulroney co-founded The Shoebox Project with her sisters-in-law, it is a charity that supplies boxes filled with personal care items to women in shelters in the US and Canada. Meghan has been seen wearing the SHARE JOY bracelet, sold as a fundraiser for the Shoebox Project.
More on the friendship from a 2016 Toronto Life piece about Jessica and Ben Mulroney.
Just last summer, when Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry was still top secret, the gal pals spent a few days living la dolce vita on the Amalfi Coast (and because it was 2016, their getaway had its own hashtag: #MJxItaly).
Another picture via Jessica’s Instagram from that Aug 2016 vacation.
It is likely Ms. Mulroney introduced Meghan to Birks Jewelry; she is a style expert for the company. Daughter Ivy also starred in an ad campaign for Birks with her mother.
Ivy is rumored to have a role as a flower girl in the wedding.
What sort of wedding designs does the stylist like? You can have a look by visiting the Jessica Mulroney Weddings Instagram account.
Here is a style shown on the page; the caption reads “This new off the shoulder gown is giving me all kinds of bridal inspiration.”
This look from the Instagram feed was captioned “I love a bride that isn’t afraid to wear something different.”