Who is Meghan Markle‚Äôs maid of honor for her royal wedding? One tabloid claims the role will be filled by her close friend Jessica Mulroney. But this contention is provably false.
According to New Idea, Mulroney is ‚Äúhotly tipped‚ÄĚ to be the maid of honor when Markle marries Prince Harry later this month. Rather than offering evidence that Mulroney will indeed take on the coveted position, the gossip magazine instead gives readers commonly known and readily information about her friendship with Markle. For instance, the outlet points out that Mulroney joined the ‚ÄúSuits‚ÄĚ star at the Invictus Games last year, an event that was documented by hundreds of cameras.
Noting how Mulroney is a stylist, the publication features a picture of her and Markle looking at wedding dresses for the actress‚Äôs TV alter-ego. It‚Äôs also mentioned that photos of Mulroney were on Markle‚Äôs Instagram account, which was taken down several months ago. And because the tabloid apparently has no genuine insight of its own, it quotes from a month-old Mail On Sunday report, in which it was speculated, ‚ÄúMeghan looks up to Jessica and has‚Ä¶ modeled herself on her. The irony is Meghan could end up being upstaged by the woman she‚Äôs fashioned herself on.‚ÄĚ
Naturally, a comparison is made to the attention Pippa Middleton received on Kate Middleton‚Äôs wedding day. The magazine goes on to a cite an ‚Äúinsider,‚ÄĚ who contends, ‚ÄúEveryone is betting on Jessica as maid of honor.‚ÄĚ But that quote is also from the Mail. In other words, New Idea really has no original reporting to offer. What‚Äôs more is that while Mulroney might seem like an ideal person to take on the maid of honor role, it has been confirmed she won‚Äôt actually be doing so.
In fact, no one will. Kensington Palace revealed last week that Markle is not having a maid of honor at the wedding. ‚ÄúShe has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn‚Äôt want to choose one over another,‚ÄĚ a spokesperson explained. As for the rest of the bridal party, per tradition that will be made up of young royals and kids whose families are close to the monarchy. In an update shared by the couple‚Äôs press secretary on Friday, the rep said the ‚Äúdetails‚ÄĚ of these bridesmaids and page boys will be unveiled in the week before the nuptials.
Regardless, Mulroney won‚Äôt be maid of honor, and won‚Äôt be a member of the wedding party at all. Gossip Cop is not surprised the tabloid fumbled this story given that it is the same magazine that absurdly claimed Markle and Prince Harry were already married last summer, months before they were even engaged. It‚Äôs quite clear New Idea had no idea what it was talking about back then and still doesn‚Äôt now.
Tang, Karwai. ‚ÄúDay 8: Invictus Games Toronto 2017.‚ÄĚ Getty Images, 30 Sept. 2018.
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Hill, Erin. ‚ÄúIt’s Official! Meghan Markle Is Not Having a Maid of Honor – and Here’s Why.‚ÄĚ PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2018.
Spokesperson for Kensington Palace. 4 May 2018.
‚ÄúAn Update from the Communications Secretary to Prince Harry on the Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle.‚ÄĚ The Royal Family, 4 May 2018.
Nichol, Holly. ‚ÄúMeghan Markle, Prince Harry NOT ‚ÄėAlready Married,” Despite Report.‚ÄĚ Gossip Cop, 11 Sept. 2017.