Jessica Mulroney is best known as Meghan Markle’s best friend and former stylist, but has gained prominence in recent years as a television personality and influencer.
However, over the past week, her career has taken a plunge after Sasha Exeter, an influencer and blogger based in Black Toronto, posted an Instagram video explaining that Mulroney had tried to threaten her livelihood and silence her .
Since then, Mulroney’s next reality show and guest appearances have been canceled, and it has gone dark on social media.
Here is what we know from what happened.
Jessica Mulroney is a Toronto-based fashion designer and television personality known for her long-standing friendship with Meghan Markle. She is married to Ben Mulroney, television host and son of the former Prime Minister of Canada (they are often referred to as Toronto’s “chief power couple”).
After Meghan’s wedding, Mulroney drew a ton of press attention: she was named a contributor to Hello america, profiled in Harper’s Bazaar, and was to host a next reality show, I redo, on the Canadian CTV network.
On June 10, Exeter shared a 12-minute video post on Instagram. In it, she explained that a week earlier, Mulroney (a former “acquaintance” of hers) responded privately to a call to action that Exeter posted on her Instagram stories about Black Lives Matter, in which she urged people with many subscribers to talk about it too.
Exeter said Mulroney “took exception” to the call to action, saying he was targeting her, even though Exeter had not named anyone in the position. Over the course of a week, Exeter says she received “a trail of offensive messages” from Mulroney, in which Mulroney tried to explain why she had not posted on BLM, including that she was busy at promote for his show.
In the video, Exeter explained that the conversation had intensified further, ending with a threat from Mulroney in which she claimed to have spoken with the companies and sponsors who work with Exeter. Exeter called Mulroney’s behavior both “a threat to [her] “An attempt to silence a black woman during this movement behind closed doors. “
According to Exeter, Mulroney said, “I have also talked to businesses and people about how you have treated me unfairly. You think your voice is important, well it only matters if you speak it kindly and without shaming people who are just trying to learn. Good luck. “
After Exeter posted the video on Instagram, Mulroney commented on it, publicly apologizing and referring to his relationship with Meghan. The comment, which has since been deleted, read as follows:
@sashaexeterr, you’re right when you say “this shit must stop”. As leaders, we must join forces and speak out against wrongs. I know we have different experiences. And that’s something that, even during a heated discussion, I need to recognize and understand. I am unequivocally sorry that I did not do this with you and for any harm that I caused. As I told you privately, I had a very public and personal experience with my closest friend where the race was at the center. It was deeply educational. I learned a lot. I promise to continue to learn and listen to how I can use my privilege to raise and support black voices.
Shortly after, Exeter revealed via Instagram Stories that Mulroney had followed the public apology with a private DM, in which she had threatened to prosecute her.
On June 11, CTV released A declaration on Twitter and Instagram, saying it would take Mulroney’s next bridal show off all properties. He wrote that his conduct “is in conflict with [its] commitment to diversity and equality.
The same day, Mulroney again apologized. In a statement on Twitter, she wrote that she respected CTV’s decision, would not pursue legal action against Exeter and would distance herself from social media:
In separate apologies on Instagram, Mulroney proposed that his account be taken over by Sasha Exeter and “other black voices”:
A day later, Mulroney was removed from her fashion guest appearances on Cityline and ABC Hello america.
On Instagram, Exeter shared that she received “disturbing emails” as a result of the events. “The comments on my post are getting pretty nasty, and a lot of the comments have now left Instagram and gone to my email,” she said, adding that she replied to the emails, and “threats at [her] personal security will not be tolerated. “
Page six quoted an anonymous source as saying that Mulroney and Meghan’s friendship was on the rocks before all of this happened. Meghan’s representative declined to comment on the story.
Page six as well cite sources who said Meghan thought Mulroney was “taking advantage” of their professional friendship: “I don’t know what the tipping point was, but Jess has been back for some time. Their friendship is certainly not what it was. And really, how can you have such a close friendship when a person essentially makes a career out of that friendship? Said only one source. Entertainment tonightmeanwhile quoted a source as saying that it was “painful” for Meghan to learn of Mulroney’s “misguided and insensitive comments”. ”