MEGHAN Markle’s best friend has been by her side at all her important milestones, and was there when she tied the knot with Prince Harry last May.
But who is Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, 37, and will she be a godmother to Harry and Meghan’s baby?
Who is Jessica Mulroney?
Jessica is a Toronto-based fashion stylist, bridal expert and PR manager.
Born Jessica Brownstein, the mum of three is a direct descendant of Benjamin Brownstein — who founded Montreal’s Browns Shoes.
The 39-year-old styles Canada’s First Lady Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and carefully selected Meghan’s engagement photocall outfit.
She’s also a bridal consultant at the Canadian branch of Kleinfeld’s, the New York based wedding shop made famous by Say Yes To The Dress.
In 2011, she and her sisters-in-law Caroline, Katy and Vanessa Mulroney co-founded a charity called The Shoebox Project.
Donors are asked to fill shoe boxes with beauty cosmetics and toiletries worth around £35.50 ($50) – to give to women living in shelters.
They’ve since distributed more than 91,000 shoe boxes.
You can follow Jessica on Instagram @jessicamulroney.
How does Jessica Mulroney know Meghan Markle?
Meghan and Jessica are thought to have met when Meghan first moved from LA to Toronto, in 2011, to film Suits.
They’re said to have bonded over a shared love of yoga, and even holidayed together in Italy in 2016.
Jessica was one of just three people, along with Meghan’s mum Doria and Harry’s mate/Soho House consultant Markus Anderson, to join the Suits actress and Harry in the royal box at the Invictus Games.
Will Jessica Mulroney be godmother to the royal baby?
The odds that Jessica will be godmother to Baby Sussex are currently at 2/1, meaning there’s a good chance she’ll be picked.
Harry first got to know Kate in 2003 when she began dating William and he has called her the “big sister he never had”.
What part did Jessica Mulroney’s children play in the wedding?
Ivy Mulroney, Jessica’s four-year-old daughter was a bridesmaid.
Her twin brothers, seven-year-old Brian and John Mulroney, were page boys alongside Prince George and Harry’s godson Jasper Dyer, six.
Other bridesmaids included Princess Charlotte, Harry’s goddaughters, three-year-old Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren, two, as well as Meghan’s goddaughters Rylan, seven, and Remi Litt, six.
Was Jessica Mulroney be Meghan Markle’s Maid of Honour?
There were rumours that Jessica would be chosen to be Meghan’s right hand girl for the big day.
“Ms Markle will not have a Maid of Honour,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Cosmopolitan at the time.
“She has a very close-knit group of friends and she did not want to choose one over the other.
“They have all been actively involved in helping her prepare and will be there with her to celebrate on the day.”
Jessica helped Meghan choose her TV wedding dress for Suits – and was reportedly flown over to Kensington Palace on January 10 last year, to join the bride-to-be in fittings for a bespoke wedding gown.
Who is Jessica Mulroney’s husband?
Jessica is married to Ben Mulroney, a Canadian TV host and son of the former PM Brian Mulroney.
He’s best known for hosting Canadian Idol and entertainment news programme etalk – where he covers showbiz awards shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes.
Ben and Jessica tied the knot on December 28, 2007, after just two years of dating.
They have three kids — identical twins Brian and John, born in August 2010, and a daughter called Ivy, born in June 2013.
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What have friends said about Jessica’s involvement in Meghan’s wedding?
Friends voiced concern that the stylist and wedding planner, known as the “Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto”, would out-sparkle Meghan on the big day.
The mum-of-three, who married into Canadian “royalty” when she wed former president Brian Mulroney’s son Ben, is a style icon to the Suits actress and is well-known for her glamorous lifestyle.
A friend told The Mail On Sunday: “Meghan adores Jessica, not just as a friend but also as someone whose taste and style are impeccable.
“Meghan looks up to Jessica and has, to a certain degree, modelled herself on her.
“The irony is Meghan could end up being upstaged by the woman she’s fashioned herself on.”