Royal Corner

Jessica Mulroney Cancelled

The Canadian businesswoman and friend of Meghan Markle is hit with claims of 'white privilege', though could another scandal be on the horizon for Meghan and Harry?

JUNE 12th, 2020

Jessica Mulroney pictures alongside Meghan Markle - © Getty Images


s the world starts to re-evaluate its historic tolerance with racism, one story has ignited a debate over white privilege. The sustained effort to use this privilege to silence the black communities, and those within who call out racist behaviour, is an accusation now facing Jessica Mulroney. The Canadian businesswoman is facing serious backlash after facing allegations of ‘textbook white privilege’ towards lifestyle blogger and Influencer Sasha Exeter.

In a scathing and emotive video posted to her Instagram page, Sasha detailed with brutal honesty how Mulroney had “ticked every single box of what a white woman should absolutely not do during the biggest racial uproar in history.”

Lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter has accused Mulroney of 'white privilege' - © Toronto Life

Sasha went on to accuse the successful stylist – who is wife to Ben Mulroney, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney – of refusing to publicly endorse the Black Lives Matter movement, stating she would be ‘vilified by the media’ and that promoting her show was more important.

The accusations did not stop there however, the eleven-minute video also alleged that Mulroney had actively sought to silence Sasha by threatening her career. After blocking Sasha from her account, she states she received a series of abusive messages from Jessica Mulroney, with the last claiming: ‘I have also spoken to companies and people about the way you’ve treated me unfairly. You think your voice matters – well it only matters if you express it with kindness and without shaming people who are simply trying to learn. Good luck.’

In response to many more details from the video, the day after her original post, Mulroney posted a public apology in the comments section of the video. However, this was later taken down after Sasha revealed that hours later, she had received a private message from Jessica Mulroney threatening to sue her.

This was later followed by a new public apology on Mulroney’s social media pages. It read: ‘As some of you may have seen, @sashaexeter and I had a disagreement. She rightfully called me out for not doing enough when it came to engaging in the important and difficult conversation around race and injustice in our society. I took it personally and that was wrong. I know I need to do better.

Those of us with a platform must use it to speak out.

I want to say from my heart that every word of my apologies to Sasha over the course of the last two weeks privately, and again both publicly and privately today is true. I did not intend in any way to jeopardize her livelihood. We had a disagreement and it got out of hand.

For that I am sorry.

CTV Released a statement in response to the allegations - © CTV/Twitter

In the same statement, Mulroney announced that she would be ‘handing over’ her account to Black voices and offered Sasha the same opportunity.

In the wake of the allegations, brands and companies which have partnered with the Canadian stylist have reacted to the revelations. CTV announced in a statement that they would be removing the show I do, Redo from all channels. The clothing brand Hudson’s Bay also announced they would be parting ways with Mulroney, and the Canadian TV Show Cityline followed suit. Jessica is also a contributor to GMA – though the show is yet to comment on the furore.

These revelations are deeply concerning, not only for brands who have worked with Jessica Mulroney, but also her closest friend – Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex, who recently spoke out in support of Black Lives Matter and who herself has received racist abuse, is unlikely to comment on the scandal surrounding her friend, though could another one be on the horizon.

It has come to my attention that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have recently contacted a fan personally after raising £40k for charity in honour of the couple’s son, Archie. In a post to Twitter, the account claimed that the couple – through a short phone call – wanted to thank fans for their continued and enthusiastic support over the past two years.

However, after the statement was posted – tweets made by the same account have also come to light which are deeply troubling. On a post dated 28/05/2020 at 6:51pm – in a reply to another royal fan account, an abusive and racist tweet was sent by the account saying: ‘Doesn’t matter what you think of the word. Plenty of black people prefer not using the words like n**** and c*** but still know they’re not “racist” when used by Black people. You showed ignorance. So yeah, if you’re black you’re indeed a c***, a house n****, and Uncle Tom. Good Day.’

Screenshots of tweets associated with the account alleging they had spoken to Harry and Meghan over the phone - Credit: © KaylaAdams/Twitter

In another reply to the same royal fan account, the racial language continued. With references to c*** and other racial stereotypes, there was also posts seeking for the abolition of the Monarchy. It seems also other members of the Royal Family have been targeted too, with many posts relating to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex and the Queen.

These revelations could prove problematic for Harry and Meghan, not only for the racial language used, but for the seeming abuse aimed at members of Harry’s family. Whilst no confirmation has been made by the couple’s PR team that this phone call took place, the post has been liked by well-established reporters close to Harry and Meghan. Furthermore, the Irish branch of The Sun newspaper is running a story claiming the phone call did in fact take place.

There is no insinuation that the couple approve of these offensive and abusive tweets, though if the couple remain silent, it could lead to assumptions that the stance and rhetoric of these tweets are shared by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Something which I’m sure the couple will swiftly wish to rebuke, considering Meghan’s stance on racism. Whilst in the midst of a racial pandemic and the ongoing furore around Meghan’s close friend Jessica Mulroney, here’s hoping that the couple can bring urgent and much needed clarity to the allegations.

For more information on how you can help Black Lives Matter and other areas to elevate voices, see below:

- Black Lives Matter

- Show Racism the Red Card

- Runnymede

- Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

- Race Equality First

- Finimpact: Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

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