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Meghan and Harry latest – Jessica Mulroney ‘left SUICIDAL’ amid racism row with Duchess ‘constantly’ in touch

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MEGHAN Markle's former BFF Jessica Mulroney was left "suicidal" after a racism row that ended her friendship with the Duchess.

At the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer, Mulroney was accused of being racially insensitive towards black social media influencer Sasha Exeter, telling her "our lives matter too".

The accusations led to Mulroney being axed from her Good Morning America job, her TV show I Do, Redo was cancelled, and she was forced to step down from a host of charity jobs.

And in a further blow, Meghan Markle was reported to have distanced herself from Mulroney, despite the pair having previously been so close that Jessica was a bridesmaid at the Duchess' wedding to Prince Harry.

Jessica's husband Ben was forced to quit his job as a TV presenter and said he feared "the worst" whenever he woke to find her not in bed, while pals revealed her "anxiety turned into severe depression and suicidal thoughts".

Breaking her silence about the situation, Mulroney told The New York Post: “I still feel a lot of shame. I feel that people believe the worst in me.”

But she dismissed claims that she and Meghan had "grown apart" following the scandal, insisting the pair still Facetime regularly and saying the Duchess is "constantly" checking up on her troubled pal.

Follow our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest news and gossip on the Royal Family.

  • MEGHAN ‘CONSTANTLY CHECKING IN’ ON JESSICA MULRONEY

    Jessica Mulroney silenced rumours that Meghan ended their friendship following a race row earlier this year.

    Despite rumours that Meghan and Jessica’s friendship is “not what it once was”, Jessica said that she is “constantly” in touch with Meghan, saying the royal often “checks up” on her.

    Earlier this year, mum-of-three Jessica was accused of abusing her “wealth and privilege” by influencer Sasha Exeter to attempt to shut her up in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The high profile spat, in which the mum-of-three appeared to threaten Sasha with legal action in a private message after publicly apologising, also reportedly left the Duchess of Sussex “mortified.”

  • ROYALS 'KICKING THEMSELVES' FOR NOT FACT-CHECKING THE CROWN

    A leading royal expert believed the monarchs must be “kicking themselves” for not fact-checking one of the most popular dramas on streaming giant, Netflix.

    ABC royal contributor Omid Scobie said The Crown was shaping the narrative of the Royal Family around the world.

    “I always wondered why there wasn't more collaboration between the two,” he told The Heirpod.

    “Those working on the show did reach out the palace to see if there was an opportunity for fact-checking, but the answer was a firm no.

    “But, now we've reached these key years, I wonder if any royals are kicking themselves for not taking advantage of that opportunity, because this narrative is being shaped for many around the world.”

  • KATE STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY

    In a video post shared by Kensington Palace, the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, spoke about her landmark Five Big Questions on the Under Fives initiative, which she launched earlier this year.

    The Duchess thanked everyone who had taken part, saying: “Earlier this year we asked you 5 Big Questions about raising our under-fives.

    “We wanted to hear what you think about the importance of the earliest years of our children’s lives.

    “More than half a million of you answered that call, so we’ve taken your input and combined it with even more public research to produce the UK’s biggest ever study on the early years.

    “This year has been a hugely challenging time for us all and there hasn’t been a more important time to talk about families.

    “Later on this week we’ll share 5 Big Insights that we’ve discovered and I will take your questions.

    “This is just the beginning and I want to thank you for starting a conversation, because we’re all on this journey together.”

  • THIS IS MEGAN'S FAVOURITE LONDON HAUNT

    In a post on her now-defunct blog The Tig titled 'Insiders Guide To London', Meghan recommended a particular night held at the club St Moritz on Wardour Street every Thursday – Gaz's Rockin' Blues – for a fun night out.

    The then-Suits actress wrote: “The oldest ongoing club in London, this place is sweaty, grungy and happening every Thursday night, late night.

    “They play a mix of rock’a’billy, reggae and ska. You come here to dance, not to be seen or to people watch.

    “The crowd is a mix of regulars in their zoot suits, teenagers channelling Jim Morrison, red lipped tough birds in tight corsets and other randoms that pepper the evening with strange encounters and lots of laughs. Don’t wear heels.”

  • BOOKIES PREDICT ROYAL PREGNANCIES

    Beatrice could be following in her younger sister Eugenie’s footsteps in announcing she is pregnant with her first child.

    Bookies have slashed odds on the eldest York sister announcing in December she is to have a baby with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

    Since the wedding, bookmakers had a 2020 baby announcement at 6/1 but have now significantly cut odds as low as ⅘.

    Bookmakers also expect Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, to announce their second pregnancy at the beginning of next year, with odds of 5/4.

  • MEG'S NICKNAME FOR PRINCE HARRY

    A friend of the former Suits star, Gina Nelthorpe-Crowne, revealed that Meghan refers to her partner affectionately as “Haz”.

    She also called him “my love” when they saw a performance of Hamilton, and said in the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey that she sometimes refers to him as simply “H”.

    She said: “I've said for a long time to H…” and then giggled before saying: “That's what I call him.”

  • MEGHAN’S SNACKING HABITS REVEALED

    Meghan has spoken a fair bit about her diet in the past, and confirmed that one of her go-to healthy snacks is watermelon.

    In a past interview, she said: “On set and at home, I try to always have a container of watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon because it elevates the flavour just a notch, and makes it feel special.”

    The mum-of-one also prefers a healthy drink to gorging on takeaways.

    Speaking of her fast food choices, she told The Chalkboard in a past chat: “A green juice. That’s fast. And it’s food. It’s been many moons since I went through a drive thru.”

  • SOMETHING IN COMMON

    Meghan’s son Archie and Princess Eugenie’s baby could have something in common when the tot arrives next year.

    If Eugenie decides to give birth in the same hospital that she was born in back in 1990, then the new royal baby and Archie Harrison will immediately share a similar story.

    Meghan welcomed Archie, one, in London's The Portland Hospital back in May 2019.

    Meanwhile, Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, were also born in the American-owned hospital.

    In fact, when Sarah Ferguson gave birth to eldest daughter Beatrice in August 1988, it made her the first member of the royal family to give birth in a non-NHS hospital.

  • MEG LOVES THESE £20 TIGHTS

    The Duchess of Sussex is said to be a huge fan of Heist tights – and although they are £21, they're worth the hefty price tag.

    The nude designs are available in seven different shades and feature a mega comfy waistband that doesn't dig or roll as well as a stronger, eco-friendly yarn.

    They're “gravity defining” with no gusset – and therefore no sagging – as well as being seamless, soft and hand-sewn.

    The brand also sell a range of other tights, but it's thought to be the nude style Meghan wears, thanks to their mega natural look.

  • MEGHAN CONTINUES TO CHECK UP WITH BEST FRIEND WHO SUFFERED WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

    Meghan Markle’s friend Jessica Mulroney said the duchess “checked up” on her daily after she was left “suicidal” during her racism row. 

    Earlier this year, mum-of-three Jessica was accused of abusing her “wealth and privilege” by influencer Sasha Exeter to attempt to shut her up in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The high profile spat, in which the mum-of-three appeared to threaten Sasha with legal action in a private message after publicly apologising, also reportedly left the Duchess of Sussex “mortified.”

    A source claimed to The Post that Jessica battled “severe depression and suicidal thoughts”, after the incident, which saw her lose her job on ABC's Good Morning America along with a number of fashion deals. 

    Despite rumours that Meghan and Jessica’s friendship is “not what it once was”, Jessica said that she is “constantly” in touch with Meghan, saying the royal often “checks up” on her.

  • MEGHAN'S BFF DASHES RUMOURS OF THEM FALLING OUT AND SAYS SHE 'PROTECTS' HER

    Meghan's closest friend and Canadian stylist, Jessica Mulroney, beats away rumours that her and the duchess of Sussex had fallen out to pagesix.com.

    She spoke about “protecting” her best friend and refusing to speak to the media about her personal affairs.

    She told Page Six: “CTV would ask me to go on shows and talk about Meghan; I refused”

    “I don’t call that a superpower. I call it protecting my friend.”

  • HARRY HAS ALWAYS 'CONFIDED' IN PRINCESS EUGENIE

    In their book Finding Freedom, royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say Harry and Eugenie's have always had a tight relationship, explaining the exchange of Frogmore Cottage.

    They write: “Like Harry, Eugenie also struggled to carve out her own identity growing up.

    “Not being in a senior role meant that she had to go out into the world and find her own path, which she has done, moving to New York in 2013 to work at Paddle8, the auction house run by Misha's husband and Harry's friend Alexander.

    “Harry had always confided in his cousin when it came to the women in his life.

    “Not only did he trust her implicitly, but friends say that she gives great advice and has always been “beyond wise” for her years.”

  • PRINCE ANDREW KNEW THE QUEEN WOULD INTERVENE IN 2014 REFERENDUM, SOURCES CLAIM

    It has been revealed Andrew made others aware of what the Queen was going to intervene in 2014 Scottish referendum.

    The claim was made by former Financial Times newspaper editor Lionel Barber, 65.

    He alleged Andrew, 60, told him over lunch at Buckingham Palace the Queen was preparing to intervene .

    Her Majesty, 94, told her subjects North of the Border to “think very carefully about the future”.

    Many think her intervention could have shaped the vote.

  • HARRY GIVING UP MEDALS WAS THE 'HARDEST THING TO DO'

    Giving up his medals was the “hardest thing to do” after he stepped down as a senior royal to move to LA.

    The Duke of Sussex held the titles Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands' Small Ships and Diving.

    Speaking on ITV's Royal Rota, Ms Robinson said: “I think the work that Harry is doing around the military, obviously that means a lot to him.

    “It was one of the toughest things he had to give up when they walked away from the Royal Family.

    “He again this week spoke at the Stand Up for Heroes comedy event which is raising money for military veterans in the US and he was speaking about his life of service.”

  • MEGHAN'S SWEET ANNIVERSARY GIFT

    It’s been over two years since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in a fairytale wedding in Windsor – and the Duchess really outdid herself with her first anniversary present to her husband.

    According to People, Meghan hand wrote out their wedding speech and had it framed for Harry to tie in with the 'paper' tradition of the first wedding anniversary.

    While it is not known what was exactly said by the bride on her wedding day, she did declare "I have found my prince."

    She also spoke about her “special bond” with Prince Charles and thanked the royal family for “welcoming” her.

    The Duchess of Sussex has been known for her beautiful handwriting over the years and even taught calligraphy lessons when she worked at the US stationery shop, Paper Source.

  • HARRY'S FRIENDS SAY HE WOULD BE 'SADDENED' TO SEE THE LATEST SEASON OF THE CROWN

    While speaking to Vanity Fair's royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, a source close to Harry explained it would be “sad” for him to see the latest season of The Crown. The most recent releases depict his late mother – Princess Diana – and her struggle to fit in with the Royal family.

    The source said: “Harry has seen the trailers for series four but I can’t see him watching it.

    “The feeling is that the latest series would actually be quite sad for [Harry and his older brother, Prince William] to watch.”

  • DO THE ROYAL FAMILY WATCH THE CROWN?

    According to royal biographer Robert Lacey – who is also a historical consultant on the show – the Queen isn’t an avid watcher of The Crown.

    He claims this is because it “comes too close to the truth”.

    He explained: “Whenever any of them are asked about The Crown, they always deny watching it. And that may be because imagination can convey a truth that the facts themselves cannot.

    “I would say that The Crown comes the closest to actually re-creating the reality of royal life.”

  • PRINCE WILLIAM 'NONE TOO PLEASED' WITH NETFLIX'S THE CROWN

    An insider told the Mail on Sunday: “The Duke of Cambridge is none too pleased with [The Crown]. He feels that both his parents are being exploited and being presented in a false, simplistic way to make money.

    “In this case, it’s dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone’s feelings.

    “That isn’t right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don’t represent the truth.

  • MEGHAN MARKLE'S FAVOURITE LIPSTICK IS NAMED AFTER PAL VICTORIA BECKHAM

    According to the blog Meghan's Mirror, the former Suits actress' favourite lipstick is Charlotte Tilbury's £25 Very Victoria – inspired by her friend, Posh Spice herself.

    Make-up wise, Meghan is also said to be a fan of the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42 – applied with a BeautyBlender, £16, from Debenhams.

    Here are some of Meghan's go-to items when it comes to her makeup bag.

    On her cheeks she wears NARS blush in Orgasm, which she says “gives you a nice glow from within”, and makes the most of her naturally dark lashes with a £25.50 tube of Diorshow Iconic.

  • MEGHAN'S SECRET HEN DO

    Meghan Markle reportedly held her hen do at luxury countryside spa retreat Soho Farmhouse, located in in the Oxfordshire countryside.

    It hasn't been confirmed by Kensington Palace or Soho Farmhouse, but rumours say that it's where she took friends for some five-star pampering.

    Meghan attended the very same spa with friend Millie Mackintosh back in September 2016, where Millie posted a photo of them riding bicycles.

    It is thought Meghan’s friend Markus Anderson, a consultant for the Soho Group, organised the bash.

  • MEGHAN'S FACE MASK OF CHOICE

    This year, face masks have become an essential item to have one you before leaving the house, just like your keys, wallet and phone.

    Meghan has previously been snapped wearing a chic blue and white, striped face mask.

    The £11 mask was by NYC boutique Royal Jelly Harlem.

    It's called the 'blue seersucker' and is made in New York from 100% cotton.

  • MEGHAN'S CO-STAR WARNED 'DON'T LET HARRY HURT YOU'

    Meghan Markle’s Suits actor friend says he warned her not to let Prince Harry “hurt her” when she revealed they were dating.

    Co-star Rick Hoffman recalled offering some sage advice when she confessed her new flame was in fact royalty.

    Appearing on NBC News’ TODAY, the actor said: “I had gotten the news early and I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me?

    “It was like both of us in the trailer, just kind of like ‘you’re dating a prince?’…and then I was just like take it slow, be careful, don’t let him hurt you.”

    Meghan's other co-star Sarah Rafferty said at the time the cast were very close.

    She said: “We called ourselves the sister wives…we were with each other for longer than we went to college or high school with our friends so we became family. We’re still family so this is a wonderful family affair.”

  • MEGHAN'S NAME TURNED INTO AN EMPOWERING VERB

    Meghan Markle's name has been unofficially turned into a word that is meant to empower others.

    The Duchess of Sussex's name has been turned into a verb meaning to “value yourself and mental health” and “leave situations” when it all gets too much.

    The new “verb” was first shared on Twitter and posted on Instagram by actress, body positivity activist and former Radio One DJ Jameela Jamil – who was included in Meghan's 'Forces for Change' issue of British Vogue.

    The faux-dictionary definition of the verb reads: “To value yourself and mental health enough to up and leave a room/ situation / environment in which your authentic self is not welcomed or wanted.

    “Person A: Where's Ryan? Person B: Oh, he Meghan Markled.

  • COTTAGE INDUSTRY

    Harry and Meghan struck their Frogmore Cottage giveaway deal behind senior royals' backs, sources have claimed.

    The formerly royal pair have formed a new “Fab Four” with Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, who can now start their new family at the empty property.

    It came after direct talks between the two couples, who have been great friends since Meghan first started dating Harry.

    Pregnant Eugenie, 34, and Jack, 30, are expected to “house-sit” into the New Year, when they are expecting their first child.

    Harry and Meghan insist Frogmore Cottage is still their UK home.

    An insider said: “Senior royals were initially blindsided by the idea for Harry and Meg to let Eugenie and Jack move in.

    “Obviously the Queen was told after the couples had spoken about the plan.
    “But it is very much a deal done between Harry, Meghan, Eugenie and Jack. There is a close bond between them.”

  • ROYAL FAMILY MIGHT U-TURN AND COLLABORATE WITH NETFLIX

    Royal expert, Omid Scobie, says the royals might be forced to collaborate with Netflix – after initially turning down the offer, amid their claims of its historical inaccuracy.

    He said: “I always wondered why there wasn't more collaboration between the two.

    “Those working on the show did reach out the palace to see if there was an opportunity for fact-checking, but the answer was a firm no.

    “But, now we've reached these key years, I wonder if any royals are kicking themselves for not taking advantage of that opportunity, because this narrative is being shaped for many around the world.”

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