Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has finally made the decision everyone has been waiting for: they’ve announced their bridesmaids and page boys for their nuptials on Saturday!
On Wednesday, Kensington Palace announced that the couple will have six bridesmaids and four page boys, ranging in age from 2 to 7, and including a mixture of Harry and Meghan’s nieces and nephews (shout you Prince George and Princess Charlotte!) godchildren, and children of family friends.
Three of the 10 bridesmaids and page boys have a special Canadian connection — they’re the children of (basically) Canadian royalty.
Four-year-old Ivy Mulroney will act as a bridesmaid while her twin brothers Brian and John, 7, will be page boys.
They’re the children of Ben and Jessica Mulroney, close friends of Meghan and Harry — and reportedly quite integral to their love story!
Earlier this year, rumours swirled that Jessica would act as Markle’s maid of honour — but Kensington Palace recently announced that the bride chose not to have a maid of honour.
According to Entertainment Tonight, a source close to the royal family, said that Markle will “choose one of the closest friends who has stood by her for many years before meeting Harry.”
However, having her children in the wedding is still an honour for Toronto-based Jessica Mulroney. Her and Markle became friends during Markle’s time on “Suits” — and have been inseparable since. Mulroney was even reportedly been spotted wedding dress shopping with Markle in London.
Here are five things you should know about her.
She’s part of a Canadian power couple
The stylist and mom of three has been married to Ben Mulroney, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney’s son, since 2008. Ben currently hosts “Your Morning” and “eTalk,” and was also the longstanding host of “Canadian Idol.” Jessica also has some television experience — she regularly hosts fashion segments for “CityLine.”
She’s been Markle’s friend for years
It’s believed the pair met once Markle relocated from Los Angeles to Toronto for her role on the legal drama “Suits.” The pair quickly hit it off, jetting off for tropical vacations and practicing yoga together. While Markle has since reduced her social presence due to royal obligations, Mulroney was recently photographed with Markle at the Invictus Games closing ceremony.
She also works with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau — and shines a spotlight on Canadian designers
Mulroney has an impressive list of clients, including Justin Trudeau’s wife, who she’s styled since 2015 — and been friends with for much longer. Mulroney uses her platform to spotlight national talent, heavily featuring Canadian brands like Mackage, Lucian Matis, Zvelle and Sentaler (which the Duchess of Cambridge has also developed a soft spot for).
She’s already helped Markle pick a wedding dress
When it comes to wedding style, Mulroney is no stranger. She’s a consultant for famed bridal boutique Kleinfeld, and provides public relations for the store’s Canadian location. Alongside her Instagram page dedicated strictly to bridal styling, Mulroney is already an expert when it comes to Markle’s bridal style. She chose the gown Meghan Markle’s character, Rachel Zane, wore to get married in “Suits.”
She’s already friends with Prince Harry
Mulroney quickly formed a close relationship with her best friend’s fiancé. According to sources, the royal and his fiancée would often have dinners at Mulroney’s Toronto home to avoid being spotted in public. As a result, Prince Harry has become close with Mulroney and her family. In September 2017, Mulroney was also photographed at the Invictus Games closing ceremonies alongside Markle and Prince Harry.